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Irving: Investing in Our Future

Posted on: April 1, 2018

Municipal Drainage Utility Projects to Continue Through Spring


The City of Irving Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Department oversees rehabilitation and reconstruction projects that improve neighborhoods and corridors, to ensure the public welfare and improve the quality of life for residents and businesses.

The CIP administers the Municipal Drainage Utility (MDU) to assist in compliance with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulations related to the city’s stormwater permit. This includes public education, inspections and neighborhood drainage improvements throughout the year. The funds are collected monthly through the municipal services bill.

In February, the CIP began construction on various MDU projects throughout the city. The projects are expected to run though the spring. Here is what is happening throughout Irving’s nearly 70 square miles of urban terrain.

Courtside Drive Alley and Sunnybrook Drive

This project will help relieve flooding in the Courtside Drive area west of State Highway 161. Stormwater runoff has flowed down a neighborhood alley, causing increased flooding for several residents in the area.

In March, crews began installing a drainage inlet near Courtside and Carbon Road. This will help capture excess runoff from adjacent properties. In addition to the inlet work, 220 feet of concrete will be replaced in the alley to make the drainage more efficient.

Sunnybrook Drive, southwest of SH 183 and MacArthur Boulevard, will soon see improvements to a stormwater system with the addition of a curb inlet. This inlet will mitigate excess rainwater ponding in the street and improve flood control for residents in the area.

Delaware Creek at Lorenzo de Zavala Middle School

Concrete panels in the Delaware Creek Channel east of Lorenzo de Zavala Middle School will be repaired using MDU funds. About 550 feet of concrete will be fixed along the west side of the channel, which is parallel to the De Zavala football field.

The concrete side slope panels are buckling due to water pressure from the adjacent football field. Segments of the existing panels will be replaced with stronger, thicker reinforced concrete. The panels will include two rows of weep holes, which will allow irrigation water from the neighboring field to drain without causing any structural pressure on the channel.

Crews will enter through the channel, where all construction repair will be completed. No disruption to the football field, school, traffic or utilities is expected. Construction, which began in March, is slated for completion in June.

Belt Line Road and Walnut Hill LaneBeltline-Road--and-Walnut-Hill-Lane

Groundwater has been seeping up near the intersection of Belt Line Road and Walnut Hill Lane. To ease the water runoff in the street, this project will install and connect more than 650 feet of underdrain pipes in the area. The pipes will intercept and capture groundwater before it enters the roadway and transport it to an existing storm sewer east of Walnut Hill Lane.

Once the groundwater pipes are installed, concrete road panels will be replaced along Belt Line Road and Walnut Hill Lane. Construction is expected to begin this month.

Temporary lane closures are anticipated during this project. Notifications and updates on closings will be sent through the city’s Notify Me texts and emails. Subscribe to the notifications by visiting

Visit for more information on the city’s ongoing infrastructure initiative.

Clearing the Mud on Municipal Drainage Utility

Each month, residents and business owners receive a municipal services bill for their property. Included in the bill are additional fees and charges, including the MDU fee. These fees help pay for small neighborhood drainage projects throughout the city.

The average residential customer will see a $4 per month charge, while commercial and industrial customers’ rates may vary based on the impervious area of the property.

MDU also provides funding related to the city’s stormwater permit requirements, including neighborhood drainage improvements, public education, erosion control and inspection, testing for water pollutants, vector control, channel maintenance, litter control, street sweeping, and collaborations with flood control districts and Keep Irving Beautiful.

For more information on municipal services billing information, visit


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