For the second year in a row, the City of Irving Traffic and Transportation Department’s Streets Division has started road construction ahead of schedule.
In late April, crews began the milling and overlay of 14 miles of roadway as part of year four of the Road to the Future program. The milling and overlay work on residential streets usually begins in June when the school year ends and runs through August. The city’s five-year Road to the Future program, which is slated for completion in 2022, supports road reconstruction and rehabilitation across the city.
Crews will mill and overlay the following 17 streets in Irving during this year’s project:
- Britain Road from Rochelle Road to State Highway (SH) 183
- O'Connor Road from Northgate Drive to SH 114
- Belt Line Road from Rock Island Road to SH 183
- Pioneer Drive from Esters Road to Belt Line Road
- Conflans Road from Esters Road to Belt Line Road
- Post Oak Drive from Cypress Drive to Lane Street
- Oakdale Road from MacArthur Boulevard to Nursery Road
- Hidden Ridge from MacArthur to SH 114
- Rock Island Road from Belt Line Road to MacArthur Boulevard
- Carbon Road from Belt Line Road to Valley View Lane
- Country Club Drive from Portland Street to Cheyenne Street
- Montego Bay Drive from Carbon Road to Dorris Road
- Block Drive from Walnut Hill Lane to SH 161
- Lucille Street from Sixth Street to Second Street
- MacArthur Boulevard from Shady Grove Road to Oakdale Road
- Rogers Road from Sixth Street to Shady Grove Road
- Pembroke Street from Loop 12 to Wildwood Drive
Milling and overlay is a speedier process than street reconstruction and involves multiple 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. Pavement markings removed as part of the milling and overlay process are replaced with new markings. This maintenance program allows staff to make minor modifications to the road surface to help mitigate ponding water.
Weather permitting, most milling and overlay can be completed in a couple of weeks. 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 additional rehabilitation can take multiple weeks to complete. The Streets Division reminds residents to not text and drive, and to slow down, be patient and stay alert while driving in work zones. Additionally, when driving in a construction zone, be sure to remain aware of workers, pedestrians and other drivers.
View more news and information about Irving’s infrastructure investments and Road to the Future projects.