FY17 Forest Hills #8 Alley Reconstruction

Drainage improvements and alley reconstruction of the Forest Hills Installment No. 8 alley between Flamingo Way and Granada Drive (from North Alexander Avenue to South Cockrell Hill Road) are under design.  This subdivision was built approximately 45 years ago.  The condition of the existing alley pavement is beyond normal repair methods and requires full replacement with a more durable reinforced concrete pavement to better withstand loads from trash trucks. The drainage system is being evaluated to determine if there is capacity for a 100-year storm event per the Drainage Design Manual. The opinion of probable construction cost for this reconstruction is $447,000.00, but this estimate could change depending on the extent of the engineering analysis of the drainage system. Construction is scheduled for summer 2018.

FY17 Water Utility Improvements

Water line improvements are being constructed on West Vinyard Road, West Daniel Street and West Nance Street (from Main Street to Avenue C). These service lines were built in the 1940s, making them approximately 75 years old. The work consists of the abandonment of 130 linear feet of 2-inch water line on West Vinyard Road and the reconnection of two services to an existing 8-inch line; installation of 400 linear feet of 8-inch C-900 PVC line on West Daniel Street from Main Street to Avenue C; and replacement of 270 linear feet of 2-inch water line with an 8-inch C-900 PVC line on West Nance Street from Main Street to Avenue C to connect to an existing 8-inch stub-out. These service lines were built in the 1940s, making them approximately 75 years old. The project was awarded to La Banda in November 2017 at a construction cost of $186,831.25. The project is scheduled for summer 2018 completion.

Summit 8.0 MG Ground Storage Tank Improvements

Identified as a maintenance concern in 2014 by TCEQ during their annual tank inspection, Summit Tank was scheduled for renovation to repair, clean deposits, and repaint the interior and exterior of the tank to minimize future maintenance and improve the quality of water within the water distribution system.  The Summit Tank is co-owned by the cities of Duncanville (5/8ths) and Cedar Hill (3/8ths).

This project was completed in 2017 by A&M Construction and Utilities, Inc., at a total cost of $989,425.00.  The City of Duncanville’s share of this cost was $618,390.62.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The city will host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, March 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Duncanville High School softball parking lot (on the west side of North Greenstone Lane).  Please bring your driver’s license and utility bill.  No vouchers are required.  Please see the attached flyers for additional information, or contact Solid Waste Coordinator Jessica Smith at (972) 780-4900.

City Conducting Smoke Testing on Wastewater System

In an effort to improve the quality of our wastewater collection system, the city has contracted with Burgess & Niple to perform smoke testing in various locations to detect breaks and defects in the sanitary sewer system. Over the next few days, you may see smoke coming from vent stacks on houses or holes in the ground. The smoke is harmless, has little odor, and creates no fire hazard. Crews may need to access sewer manholes in utility easements. Burgess & Niple personnel are uniformed and carry identification badges. You do not need to be home and at no time will field crews have to enter your home or business. Please see the map and flyers below for additional information on the smoke testing. Should you have any questions regarding this testing, please contact the City Service Center at (972) 780-4900 or Gerald Boman of Burgess & Niple at (512) 626-9485.

 

Annual Sidewalk Improvements Program

In 2016, an annual sidewalk improvements program was developed to emphasize accessible routes and pedestrian safety.  The goal of the program is to create a “walkable” community in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to remove barriers and construct new sidewalks where gaps exist to connect existing sidewalks.  Along with the sidewalks being constructed in various locations throughout the City, a trail was constructed in Lakeside Park along with a 6-foot sidewalk in the H. Louis Nichols Park in the summer of 2017.

FY16 Alley Improvements

Drainage improvements and alley reconstruction of the Forest Hills Installment No. 13 alley between Madrid Drive and San Juan Drive (from Madrid Drive to west of South Cockrell Hill Road) have been completed.  This subdivision was built approximately 44 years ago.  The existing alley pavement was replaced with a more durable reinforced concrete pavement to better withstand heavy trash trucks.  Additionally, the alley now has a “V” shape in order to convey runoff from Madrid Drive and the adjacent properties to South Cockrell Hill Road.  The drive approaches at Madrid Drive and North Cockrell Hill Road were removed and replaced in order to make them ADA compliant.  The project was completed at a cost of $276,830.18.

FY16 Wastewater Improvements by Pipe Bursting

FY16 Wastewater Improvements for reconstructing sewer lines in Colonnade-Pelt Hill Top Estates was completed in summer of 2017.  Sewer lines were reconstructed by pipe bursting method and included segments of sewer line on East Magnolia, Azalea, and East Jewel Lanes; Camellia Drive; Gardenia, Camellia, Katherine, and Kelly Courts; and Royal Avenue.

Sewer line reconstruction has also been completed for the Lakeside Park, Forest Hills, Hilltop and River Oaks Additions.  Sewer line reconstruction  occurred in segments of Skyline Drive, the intersection of Azalea Lane and Royal Avenue, Softwood Drive, and Lakeside park via pipe bursting.

The wastewater improvements were completed in the summer of 2017.

FY16 Water/Wastewater Improvements – Irwin Keasler Red Bird Addition

Construction has been completed for the new sewer line on South Lodema Lane, Joe’s Drive, Tanco Lane, and a portion of Frank Keasler Boulevard, an area currently served by septic system.  The line was installed by open cut method and connects to the Lodema Lane project constructed last fiscal year.

Construction has also been completed for the water line improvements on Lodema Lane from Frank Keasler Boulevard south of IH-20, Joe’s Drive from Frank Keasler Boulevard south to IH-20, Tanco Lane from Lodema Lane east to North Duncanville Road, and Frank Keasler Boulevard from Joe’s Drive east to Lodema Lane.  Improvements include 1,890 linear feet of 8-inch water main replacement by open cut.   The water lines replaced were 61 years old and constructed with obsolete materials by today’s standards.

The water and wastewater improvements projects were completed in the summer of 2017.