The City of Irving currently is working on Phases 3 and 4 of the Delaware Creek Basin drainage channel improvement project. The project began in 2016 to accommodate stormwater runoff from increased road, retail and residential development upstream. The project includes expanding and improving existing drainage channels, adding fencing along channel walls and installing upgraded wastewater mains to increase capacity.
Phase 4 of the project runs from Cripple Creek Drive to Jaycee Park and includes three pedestrian bridges and three vehicular bridges. Phase 4 is the largest portion of the Delaware Creek project and includes water and wastewater improvements.
The bridges at Cripple Creek Drive and Jaycee Park are now complete. The city replaced the former pedestrian bridge at Jaycee Park with an updated bridge compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Additionally, crews are expanding the Jaycee Park pond to accommodate more stormwater capacity and will add concrete block walls around the area to match the aesthetics of the drainage channel walls.
The Sunnybrook Drive and Puritan Drive bridges are currently being installed. The city anticipates completion of the bridges by the end of November. Block concrete walls along the channel, water and wastewater improvements and the reopening of Jaycee Park are expected by the end of the year.
The entirety of the $22 million Phase 4 portion of the project is slated for completion in 2022.
Much of the $14 million Phase 3 portion of the Delaware Creek project is now complete. Brockbank Channel, a smaller branch of the creek, runs from Grauwyler Road to Lively Park and is currently under construction. Brockbank is scheduled for completion at the end of 2020. Once this section is finished, the lower Delaware Creek project will be complete.
The city completed work on Phase 1, Delaware Creek from Grauwyler Road to Cripple Creek Drive and Embassy Channel from Delaware Creek to State Highway 183, in October 2017. Phase 2, Brockbank Channel from Grauwyler Road to State Highway 183, was finished in May 2018.
Phases 3 and 4 are expected to protect an estimated 200 homes from the 100-year flood plain. The Delaware Creek Basin project is intended to reduce floodplain limits in Irving and protect public and private property.
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