September 19, 2019
Another construction headache for drivers in Upper Kirby

Another construction headache for drivers in Upper Kirby


ALGAE AND EATING IT COULD MAKE PEOPLE SICK.>>>NEW AT 5, ANOTHER CONSTRUCTION NIGHTMARE FOR DRIVERS IN UPPER KIRBY. RIGHT AFTER ONE PROJECT JUST WRAPPED UP, ANOTHER ONE IS IN THE WORKS. KATHY HERNANDEZ SPOKE WITH FRUSTRATED DRIVERS.>>Reporter: TRAFFIC IS ALREADY BAD HERE IN UPPER KIRBY AND ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE WHEN CONSTRUCTION CREWS MOVE IN. BUSINESSES AND DRIVERS HAVE MIXED EMOTIONS.>>TRAFFIC IS A NIGHTMARE ANYWAY. ANYTHING THAT’S GOING TO MAKE IT WORSE IS NOT GOOD.>>A NIGHTMARE. THAT’S WHAT MANY DRIVERS ARE ALSO CALLING ANOTHER CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ON SHEPHERD. THIS ONE FROM WESTHEIMER TO THE SOUTHWEST FREEWAY.>>I GUESS WHAT’S GOT TO BE DONE’S GOT TO BE DONE. BUT YEAH, I WOULDN’T LIKE IT IF I LIVED HERE.>>Reporter: UPPER KIRBY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT SAYS THE GOAL IS TO FIX DRAINAGE IN THE AREA.>>OUR DRAINAGE INFRASTRUCTURE IS DRASTICALLY UNDERCAPACITY. NONE OF THE THOROUGH FAIRS HAVE BEEN DONE IN 60 YEARS.>>Reporter: AT THE SAME TIME, THEY DECIDED TO IMPROVE OTHER THINGS LIKE MOVING UTILITIES UNDERGROUND AND MAKING IT SAFER FOR THOSE WALKING ALONG SHEPHERD.>>WE’RE ADDRESSING ALL THE PEDESTRIAN ISSUES. NOT JUST THE CITY STANDARD, BUT WIDER SIDEWALKS, PEDESTRIAN LIGHTING.>>Reporter: EVERY TIME IT RAINS, EMPLOYEES AT WHOLE EARTH PROVISION COMPANY ON SHEPHERD AND ALABAMA RUSH FOR THEIR SANDBAGS.>>WE DEAL WITH THE FLOODING COMING UP THROUGH OUR DOORS AND WE HAVE TO FIX THE BASEBOARDS, MOLD THE SIDING OF THE CARPET.>>Reporter: WITH BETTER DRAINAGE, THIS STORY IS READY TO TAKE THE TEMPORARY HIT.>>IT WILL BE TOUGH, BUT AFTERWARDS, THAT’S ALL GONNA BE MUCH BETTER, YOU KNOW. IT WILL BE MUCH MORE BENEFICIAL, I THINK.>>Reporter: CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO START NEXT JANUARY AND COULD TAKE A YEAR AND A HALF. REPORTING IN UPPER KIRBY, KATHY

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