While many businesses were closed in the spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Irving’s Capital Improvement Program moved ahead of schedule on the water and wastewater improvement project at Oakdale Road and Rindie Street.
The more than $2.1 million project affects 40 residential and three commercial properties west of Nimitz High School. Construction began in late April and is expected to be completed nearly three months ahead of schedule by the end of August, weather permitting. The updated water and wastewater mains will help residents receive better water quality and services, as well as improved fire protection for the neighborhood.
Updating Aging Infrastructure
In February, the city held a public meeting to inform residents, businesses and organizations of the upcoming work. On April 27, a notice to proceed was presented to the contractor and by April 29, excavation crews were on scene digging trenches for the project.
Currently, crews have nearly completed replacing more than 2,000 linear feet of water main and 1,750 linear feet of wastewater main. The existing 6- and 8-inch cast iron water and clay wastewater lines will be replaced with 8-inch PVC pipe. The new pipes will improve flow and water quality for area residents and businesses.
Due to its design, the Oakdale-Rindie project will reduce pavement reconstruction along Oakdale Street by installing both the water and wastewater mains within the same half of the street. Once completed, crews will replace nearly 4,800 square yards of reinforced concrete pavement.
Crews will add three new fire hydrants and will replace three existing hydrants. Requirements for fire protection have evolved over the years. Today’s minimum standards require that fire hydrant spacing shall be no greater than 500 feet within single-family neighborhoods and no greater than 300 feet within multifamily or commercial areas. Improved fire hydrant coverage in Irving’s neighborhoods increases resident safety throughout the community.
Improving Quality of Services
The City of Irving is committed to providing residents with quality services and amenities. Among those services are water and wastewater improvement projects happening throughout the city, including:
- Bear Creek aerial wastewater crossing improvements.
- Betsy Lane wastewater improvements.
- Bradford-Plymouth alley wastewater improvements.
- Hawthorne and Abelia streets utility and paving reconstruction.
- Lane Street water and wastewater improvements.
- Las Colinas Boulevard phase 3 utility and paving reconstruction.
- Lawrence Street water improvements.
- River Oaks Drive, Camelia Court and Fair Court water improvements.
These projects will improve the existing water and/or wastewater systems throughout Irving neighborhoods. Additionally, the projects focus on improving capacity, water quality and fire protection, as well as reducing the life-cycle operational costs.
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