The City of Irving Capital Improvement Program (CIP) will begin construction on the second half of its planned drainage channel improvements in the Delaware Creek Basin by fall 2018.
Irving is booming with commercial and residential development and road construction. In addition, the city has launched Road to the Future to complete $100 million in construction and rehabilitation of streets. While the added developments and improvements signal the economic strength of the community, development also produces an increase in stormwater runoff. To accommodate the additional runoff from decades of upstream development, CIP began rebuilding the Delaware Creek Basin drainage channels in 2016.
The goal of these drainage channel improvements is to protect 229 structures south of State Highway (SH) 183 from a 100-year flood, as well as 10 bridges. The program also is intended to reduce floodplain limits in Irving and protect public and private property. These projects, along with the new drainage crossings constructed as part of the Midtown Express project, will enable the city to one day provide additional flood protection to another 320 structures north of SH 183.
The nearly $55 million improvement project consists of four phases and is slated for completion in 2021. The four phases are:
- Phase 1: Delaware Creek from Grauwyler Road to Cripple Creek Drive; Embassy Channel from Delaware Creek to SH 183.
- Phase 2: Brockbank Channel from Grauwyler Road to SH 183.
- Phase 3: Delaware Creek from MacArthur Boulevard to Lively Park; Brockbank Channel from Grauwyler Road to Lively Park.
- Phase 4: Delaware Creek from Cripple Creek Drive to SH 183.
The project includes expanding and improving existing drainage channels, adding fencing along channel walls and installing wastewater main upgrades. The city has completed Phases 1 and 2, and construction is scheduled to begin on Phase 3 in the fall.
For more information on the city’s CIP department, visit the city's Capital Improvement Program webpage.
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