City of Irving News

Posted on: February 1, 2017

Investing in Irving’s Infrastructure: Maintaining Quality Services for Residents

City staff works to construct and maintain a variety of infrastructure projects every day.

City staff works to construct and maintain a variety of infrastructure projects every day that help ensure residents receive the quality services they have grown to expect from the City of Irving.

Capital Improvement Program Department

The Capital Improvement Program Department (CIP) carries out the construction of all infrastructure and capital projects for the city. This includes the construction of various city facilities such as parks, libraries and aquatic centers, as well as the construction of the city’s infrastructure including streets, sidewalks, water and wastewater utilities, and drainage. While many of these projects are easily visible; many are not.

Fast Facts:

The CIP is currently working on 85 active construction projects throughout the city totaling $330.7 million, which include:

l     47 Water and Wastewater

l     2 Texas Department of Transportation Participation

l     4 Streets

l     1 Sidewalks

l     8 Parks

l     11 Drainage

l     4 Trails

l     8 Facilities

Traffic and Transportation

The Traffic and Transportation Department includes Street Operations and Traffic Operations.

Street Operations is responsible for the ongoing maintenance and operation of all roadway surfaces for public streets within Irving. Street Operations patches potholes, replaces concrete road panels, repairs sidewalks, overlays streets with asphalt surface, sweeps streets, conducts roadway drainage maintenance and removes graffiti. The team also repairs streets and sidewalks from water and wastewater utility cuts, de-ices bridges and roads during winter weather events, cleans and repairs storm sewer pipes, and trims and removes trees in the right-of-way.

Traffic Operations performs preventative maintenance on traffic signals; constructs new signal installations; evaluates traffic signal timing; stripes roadways, intersections and city facility parking areas; installs new street signs; repairs and replaces damaged street signs; and clears visual obstructions for drivers. Traffic Operations along with CIP and Water Utilities also provide project management for the Midtown Express project.

Water Utilities

Water Utilities is responsible for providing water and wastewater services to nearly 237,000 residents. This includes the operation and maintenance of approximately 1,500 miles of pipe, eight elevated water storage tanks, 10 ground storage tanks, pump stations, meters, fire hydrants and valves.

Some of the department’s operations include reading water meters and auditing the data to create customer bills, as well as monitoring and operating the water system 24 hours a day including pump operations, flows and valve operations. The department also repairs water and sanitary sewer mains, tests the city’s drinking water, and samples wastewater to test and monitor discharges from industries and businesses. The wastewater collection system delivers water to the Trinity River Authority’s Central Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant for treatment before it is released into the Trinity River.

Water Utilities also works to meet daily regulatory requirements for water and sewer systems; monitors Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and U. S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations, and files reports to meet requirements; and responds to calls and assists customers in the field. 

Parks and Recreation

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of programs and amenities to the community. The department’s various divisions provide grounds keeping services and athletic field preparation; renders services in forestry, horticulture, irrigation, equipment maintenance, welding, and Heritage District maintenance; administers building infrastructure and facility care; and accommodates patrons by implementing inclusive programs for learning, entertainment and leisure.

 Parks and Recreation staff inspects and maintains all city-owned playgrounds, green spaces and recreation facilities including pools, aquatic and recreation centers. Through the department’s drainage and litter control program, approximately 15,000 pounds of litter and debris are collected weekly from the city’s major thoroughfares.

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