With one major infrastructure project winding down — and the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey looming as a reminder — West University Place is about to seek public input on the first part of a two-phase package addressing critical drainage needs throughout the city.
A public town hall meeting will be held from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Community Building, 6104 Auden St., on plans for drainage upgrades and paving in the eastern part of the city, along University Boulevard from Buffalo Speedway to Kirby Drive.
Design is about 75 percent complete, and city staff will present proposals (viewable here) and conduct a question-and-answer session about the project, which is scheduled to start in January 2023. That’s when the $23 million Buffalo Speedway roadway and drainage improvement project is expected to be completed.
Last year, West U conducted a drainage modeling study and preliminary engineering report which identified the eastern part of the city as unable to handle a two-year storm event — one that has about a 50 percent statistical chance of occurring in any given year.
The second phase of the improvements will tackle upgrades along Wakeforest Avenue from Plumb to Pemberton streets, Rice Boulevard from Wakeforest to Kirby Drive, and Duke Street from Buffalo Speedway to Wakeforest. Because of the scope of the needed improvements, the decision was made to split the package project to minimize disruption at any one time.
Additional information about the drainage improvement project is available by emailing email@example.com or calling 713-662-5845.