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Plans For Delaware Creek Improvement Addressed in Meeting

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Irving—The city of Irving held a public meeting regarding Phase 4 of the channel improvements for North Delaware Creek on Wednesday, July 28. This part of the project, which has been in progress since 2016, addressed the portion of the channel from State Highway 183 to Finley Road. The project is supported by the Drainage Solutions for a Better Tomorrow Program.

The current channel is undersized and allows for the flooding of homes and businesses as a result. This portion of the project began in March and is designed to widen the channel with fencing along the channel walls and upgrade wastewater mains, which should increase capacity and allow more water flow. When completed, the project should protect about 200 homes in the 100-year floodplain. This $22 million phase of the project is included in the Capital Improvement Program and has a projected completion date of October.

“The meeting was to inform residents of the status of the project so far,” Cody Cash, GIT, drainage programs specialist for the Irving Capital Improvement Program, said. “Pape Dawson Engineers were presenting their analysis on the drainage study during this meeting and the intent/necessity to increase the capacity of the channel. They discussed potential flood risks for the current channel only and did not discuss engineering or channel re-design specifications.

“There were only a few concerns brought up. One homeowner had questions about how large the channel would be upon improvement, and how much extra space it would be taking up within the easement. He was concerned about the loss of a large trees near the current channel. The answer to this question was delayed, as the scope of the meeting did not involve construction details.

“Another resident expressed concerns about channel access and safety, mentioning that some people were driving ATVs and dirt bikes in the channel at night. While this was slightly out of the meeting topical range, he was assured the improvements made to the channel would include a gated/locked access portal, which would limit this type of intrusion.

“There was another concern about fencing post-construction, which was beyond the scope of the initial meeting, but the resident was assured their fence would be replaced if removed,” Cash said.“I believe this same resident inquired about the general look of the new design, and she was assured it would be of the same visible style to that of Delaware Creek South of Hwy 183.

“I don’t think anything groundbreaking was in this presentation. We had probably three residents show up. I think they were expecting a little more of the construction details out of the meeting. This is technically a separate project from what was done south of 183 because of the four phases of the plan.

“During this meeting, the citizens weren’t really mad either. It was mostly questions like, ‘Hey, we just kind of want to make sure we’re not getting the short end of the stick. Is it going to look like what you guys did south of the 183? How much of my yard will be impacted? Are you going to replace my fence if you knock it down?’ That kind of thing.

“The fact is the project has been fully funded, and we were giving residents along the channel a chance to voice their concerns.It was well received. There are a couple comments, [but they are] mostly about how many suburbs in the 100-year flood zone need basic help. That’s what this CIP project is about,” he said.