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Will Kirby Ever Be Extended?

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From the stub at Beltway 8 to the part at 59 where you could bump over the paved-over railroad tracks (this is the route I went to see my cousins), Kirby Drive has been one of the earliest roads in Houston I was aware of and knew, but are there actually any plans to build more segments of it?

 

- Since the early 1990s, some sort of industrial yard was added at Kirby south of Holmes. 

- In the late 1990s, Reed Road four-laned. According to OpenStreetMap, Kirby is supposed to go down Reed Road part of the way before going south.

- Between 2010 and 2011, a segment was added between south of Airport Blvd.

- Around 2005, Kirby was built south of Orem, with the intersection being designed to accept further additions of Kirby north.

- Anagnost and Almeda Genoa is where Kirby would eventually go, but the intersection isn't designed to accept the "stubs" that Kirby would add onto.

- Beltway 8 South built "stubs" for Kirby when it opened in the mid-1990s.

- South of Shadow Creek Road, another Kirby section was built. They actually appear to have incorrectly "stubbed" out Kirby requiring the end of where Kirby was supposed to be demolished and rebuilt.

 

When all is said and done, Kirby will extend some 15 miles from US-59, but I have no idea how far in the future that will even come close to being done. Does anyone know on the status of linking Kirby up?

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several streets on the south side are like Kirby....in some areas the street is developed and others it cuts out...

 

Orem and 288

Buffalo Speedway from Willowbend to Holmes from West Fuqua To Beltway

MLK from Almeda to Beltway 8

 

 

 

 

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Yes, there's a whole mess of roads that are in various "stub" condition. Bellaire extends an awfully long way into Katy, near the old Eureka Yards, Ella Blvd. starts and continues (they recently made an extension of it near Acres Homes, taking advantage of an intersection designed for it) 20 miles to Spring (that is, if they complete it), and others I've undoubtedly missed. What I want to know is if there's actually active plans to build anymore Kirby segments.

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My answer is Yes. With enough time we will see a flyover over Kirby from 59 to memorial parkway. Say 20 - 50 years.

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Finally these extensions are happening

 

the Buffalo Speedway extension from Willowbend to W. Orem is almost, the bridge over Holmes is set to be done in Fall of 2018

whiling the W. Airport from Hiram Clark to Almeda/FM 521 is set to be done in also Fall of 2019

 

i looked at the satellite view of Google Maps and it looks the the MLK extension from Almeda-Genoa to Beltway 8 is finally happening

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We don't have a precise thread for this project.  I see this thread mentions both Kirby & Holmes.

 

Here is some updates regarding the Reconstruction of Holmes Road from Main Street to Kirby Drive.  Went to the job staging area and talked to some builders..  Located at 1807 Holmes Road

 

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More on the Holmes road improvements.

 

At the Buffalo Speedway bridge.

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Buffalo Speedway Connector was closed.

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That area is kind of odd looking if you fly over it on Google Maps. A big empty gap in development in the middle of the city with a weird mix of ugly townhouse complexes with no yards facing it. Does anyone think in time it will fill in with conventional housing subdivisions?

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What used to be here? Looks like apart of the forest was cleared.  My guess is the staging area for the Holmes Road/Buffalo Speedway bridge?

 

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at Holmes and Kirby a RV park is coming oddly enough. Now that Buffalo Speedway is wide open, you can see the potential for some additional housing but will they do it? It could be a solid upper middle class area and spur development if done right. Don't make it dense and you have trees already.

 

That area will arguably have some of the best access as West Airport will run all the way through (ends at Post Oak) from I-45.

 

Buffalo Speedway runs from 59 to West Fuqua

Orem runs from 288 to Fondren but will eventually go from Mykawa

Hiram Clarke will eventually run to the Beltway from 90

 

 

 

 

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Looks fantastic.  There are actual sidewalks on the other side of the bridge! Big improvements here.

 

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