Irving residents will see crews rehabilitating roads ahead of schedule as part the city’s Road to the Future Summer Overlay Project. The milling and overlay work on residential streets usually begins in June when the school year ends and runs through August. This year, construction began April 20.
The city’s five-year Road to the Future program supports road reconstruction and rehabilitation across the city. Now in the third year of the program, the city’s Traffic and Transportation Department has improved 95 roads and 45 miles of Irving thoroughfares. This year, the department’s Streets Division will improve 18 roads, beginning with Second Street.
The Streets Division notifies residents and businesses that may be affected prior to construction work. Door hangers, written in English and Spanish, are placed at each residence notifying those in the area that work will begin, weather permitting. The Streets Division, also indicates the start date so that residents can remove vehicles from the affected roadway and businesses can inform their employees and patrons of possible traffic delays.
Milling and overlay is a more rapid process than street reconstruction. The process involves two sets of crews. The milling crew removes the existing asphalt down to the street’s base. Then, an asphalt crew follows behind, laying and paving new asphalt. If traffic lines are affected, additional crews will repaint roadway safety markings. If the asphalt in front of a street’s storm drain is sagging or impaired, crews will pave the road to help mitigate ponding water.
Most milling and overlay projects can be completed in a week. Once the work is complete, vehicles can immediately resume driving on the freshly paved roads. However, roads that are longer, have more lanes and intersections, or are in need of rehabilitation can take multiple weeks to complete.
Residents will see the city’s Traffic and Transportation Department’s Streets Division, milling and overlaying the following Irving roads during the spring and summer:
Motorists are advised to not text and drive. In addition, drivers are asked to slow down, be patient and stay alert while driving in work zones. When driving in a construction zone, be sure to remain aware of workers, pedestrians and other drivers.
The Road to the Future program is slated for completion in 2022.
View more news and information about Irving’s infrastructure investments and Road to the Future projects.