Editor's Note: Article has been updated to reflect funding source.

West University Place residents and visitors traveling to the city can now use parts of University Boulevard once again after the completion of Phase 1 within the city's east side paving and drainage improvement project.

Mayor Susan Sample said in a news release she's thrilled to announce the completion of the first phase.

"I want to express my gratitude to the city staff and contractors who ensured this project was completed on time and to our partners at Harris County who helped secure funding. These improvements reflect this council's commitment to investing in and building a resilient and thriving community," said Sample.

The big picture

To improve the amount of water flow stormwater sewer pipes can maintain during severe rain events, West University Place officials and contractors completed 13 months of construction along University Boulevard from Buffalo Speedway to Kirby Drive as part of Phase 1 of the east side drainage project.
  • The project included replacing approximately 3,900 linear feet of storm water sewer pipe with larger junction boxes and inlets.
  • At least 15,000 square yards of concrete pavement was replaced.
The cost

At least 90% of the funding, or $5.38 million, for the project came from a grant from the Housing Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Disaster Relief Fund, according to the news release.

Going forward

Phase 2 of the east side paving and drainage improvement projects began in May, as previously reported in Community Impact.

Construction crews with TB Concrete Construction, the company contracted to do the work, began installing traffic control and tree protection tools along the 2800-3100 blocks of Duke Street, according to an update posted to the city's website.

At certain points during construction, officials warned driveway access to certain properties will be impacted during the day. However, affected residents will be given advance notice before driveways are removed, and temporary driveway access will be provided at the end of each work day.

Shawn Arrajj contributed to this report.