Phase four of the infrastructure upgrade in the final stages of completion.
The bridges are nearly complete, channel walls have been installed and the City of Irving is eagerly anticipating a ribbon-cutting ceremony in June to commemorate the completion of the Delaware Creek Drainage Channel Improvement Project. The ribbon-cutting is slated for June 21 at Jaycee Park, 1975 Puritan Drive.
Phases one through three of the Delaware Creek project are finished, and construction on the fourth phase is nearly final. The $52.8 million project includes reconstruction of six bridges, fencing along the length of the drainage channel to discourage public access and keep residents safe, as well as realigned and upgraded water and wastewater mains to help increase capacity. Once complete, the project will contain a 100-year flood within the channel and will protect 350 structures.
In the fourth stage, nearly all of the bridges, including Cripple Creek Drive, Sunnybrook Drive, Green Oaks Drive, Oak Meadows Drive and Puritan Drive, have been installed, along with the channel floors and walls.
Construction of the bridge at William Brewster Street is scheduled for completion at the end of April. Crews are also wrapping up the reconstruction of Puritan Drive.
Later this month, crews will begin cleaning Jaycee Park and refilling the pond. The hippo sculptures, which have been a feature of the park since 2003, will remain in place in the pond. Residents may notice that the pond is wider for additional water storage. Jaycee Park cleanup is expected to be completed in the spring.
Construction on the Delaware Creek Basin drainage channel began in 2016. Since the city broke ground on the project, it has improved more than 18,000 feet of channel throughout Irving.
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