The Upper Kirby District started the Buffalo Speedway Improvements Project in mid February. The $5.6 million project includes the addition of two traffic lanes, storm sewer system upgrades, moving overhead utilities underground and creating a new pedestrian friendly streetscape.
The improvements to Buffalo Speedway, when completed, are expected to improve traffic congestion.
Crews completed primary underground duct bank construction at the end of April, but the project was put on hold for several weeks while CenterPoint relocated the gas and overhead terminal poles.
The project is currently a month behind schedule.
CenterPoint is expected to complete their portion of the project by late July with roadway construction beginning in August.
The project includes a beautified streetscape that functions well for pedestrians and cars, Upper Kirby Deputy Director Travis Younkin said. The project is the same concept as Kirby Drive between Richmond and Westheimer.
Streetscape improvements include pedestrian lighting, enhanced sidewalks and crosswalks, benches and improved landscaping.
Buffalo Speedway will have trees spaced 25 feet up and down the street.
The project was expected to be complete by November, but because of delays, it is unknown at this time when the project will be complete.