The City of Irving Traffic and Transportation Department’s Street Operations Division is responsible for maintaining Irving’s 1,400 lane miles, making pothole repairs and aiding in the city’s “Road to the Future: $100 Million in 5 Years” program. The Street Operations Division now has upgraded and added street repair tools that will help the department reach its goal: faster service for residents and improving the driveability and longevity of Irving’s roads.
Irving City Council approved the purchase of a concrete mixing truck and equipment that provides onsite production of concrete.
The truck and equipment are high-tech, sophisticated tools. The truck carries all the materials necessary to pour and lay concrete. From the outside of the truck, the vehicle operator can control the amount and consistency of the concrete mixture. The truck will equip the Streets team with the ability to control the delivery of concrete to crews. With the specialized vehicle, crews can produce on demand concrete—increasing the speed and number of completed projects.
Street crews will undergo training on the new equipment, which includes computer controls on the outside of the machinery. The machinery will go into operation in early spring.
The city also has taken measures to help increase road repair productivity through the purchase of a Ford F-550 asphalt truck.
The three-quarter-ton vehicle includes a lower bed, which tilts and dispenses asphalt to assist crews in the delivery of asphalt mixture. This process will expedite the repair of potholes. Additionally, the necessary tools for preparing and patching potholes are incorporated into the vehicle.
On average, crews use 4,000 to 6,000 pounds of asphalt per day and fill more than 7,000 potholes per year.
Paving the Future
The City of Irving encompasses nearly 70 square miles. While the city lauds its growth, road conditions and street improvements remain a strategic focus.
Street Operations’ newest tools will help city crews increase productivity, efficiency and delivery of service. Quicker response times to potholes and street repair issues help improve the road conditions and the community.
Visit CityofIrving.org/3088/Road-to-the-Future for more information on the city’s Road to the Future initiative.
The City of Irving Street Operations’ newest tool, the concrete mixer:
- Is included within the “Road to the Future: $100 Million in 5 Years” program.
- Weighs 80,000 to 90,000 pounds when fully loaded.
- Can produce 10 cubic yards of concrete mixture per truckload.
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