Buffalo Spdwy: Construction

Road work designed to solve traffic jams at Buffalo Speedway and U.S. 59 is scheduled to get under way Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Work will begin on the east side of Buffalo Speedway between Bissonnet Drive and U.S. 59, with all traffic shifted to the west side.

For the next five to six months, there will be one lane of traffic in each direction, with a “continuous” turn lane between them, on the west side of Buffalo, said Travis Younkin, director of Capital Projects for the Upper Kirby Management District.

When the east side is repaired, traffic will be shifted to one lane in each direction on the east side.

The work entails burying utility lines and improving drainage, but the primary objective is enhancing mobility, Younkin said

“There’s a lot of congestion that we see between 59 and Bissonnet,” Younkin said. “There’s a lot of Greenway Plaza traffic, H-E-B and Kroger do a lot of business there, and a lot of cars use Buffalo to get from the residential components in West U. to the freeway and farther north.”

The $5.6 million project is a partnership between Upper Kirby Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 19 and the Upper Kirby Management District.

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