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Capital Improvement Program

As Denton grows, the City continues to invest in important infrastructure to maintain and improve mobility, health and safety, and quality of life for residents and visitors. The Denton Capital Improvement Program advances many different projects over a number of years, including voter-approved bond projects; water and wastewater construction projects, and electric system improvements, among others.

General Obligation Bond Programs

The following capital improvement funding was authorized by voters as part of the 2012 and 2014 bond programs:

  • $82,110,000 for street improvements (2012 and 2014)
  • $16,565,000 for public safety facilities (2014)
  • $8,545,000 for stormwater drainage and flood control improvements (2014)
  • $11,355,000 for park system improvements (2014)

In an effort to minimize the impact on the tax rate, the City plans to issue these bonds in increments over a six-year period, with the full amount issued by 2020. Progress on the implementation of the bond program is reported in the City's quarterly financial reports.


  • Denton Energy Center

    Denton Energy Center Construction Overview – March 29, 2018

    Construction on the Denton Energy Center (DEC) is approximately 97 percent complete.
    Expenditures to date are approximately 78.1 percent of the allocated project funds.
    The target date to begin performance testing operations is early spring 2018, and is ERCOT controlled.
    The target date for emissions testing, during engine testing, is approximately May 2018, and is ERCOT controlled.
    The target date for commercial operations is during the summer of 2018.

    The plant's sanitary sewer line installation has been completed and is currently being tested, and plant staff have permanently occupied the office section of the DEC. 

    Project Schedule

    • Six engines moved into South Engine Hall – Sept. 15, 2017 (completed)
    • Six North Hall engines arrive in Denton – Sept. 30, 2017 (completed)
    • Six engines moved into North Engine Hall – Oct. 10, 2017 (completed)
    • Engine substantial completion (auxiliary systems) – March 23, 2018 (on schedule)
    • Start-up and commissioning – balance of plant – Jan. 2018 (ahead of schedule)
    • Start-up and commissioning preliminary engine testing – mid Spring 2018 (ahead of schedule)
    • Engine reliability tests – Spring 2018
    • Air emissions test – concurrent preliminary engine testing
    • Commercial operation of plant COP (generating power) – during early summer 2018
  • Bonnie Brae Street South
    This will widen existing Bonnie Brae St. from two lanes to a divided four lane road between Vintage Blvd. and I-35E; and will widen Vintage Blvd. from two lanes to a divided six lane road from the I-35W Frontage Rd. to US 377. 

    Estimated Cost: $64 million

    Estimated Schedule:
    Phase 1: July 2017 to July 2019
    Phase 2: 2018 to 2020
    Phase 3: 2019 to 2021
  • Mayhill Road
    This will widen Mayhill Rd. from two lanes to a divided four lane road (ultimately six lanes) between US 380 and Edwards Rd.

    Estimated Cost: $57.3 million

    Estimated Schedule: September 2017 to March 2020
  • Magnolia Drive Drainage Project
    This is Phase II of the project that will:
    • Construct new box culverts on Hinkle Dr. and Windsor Dr. from Pecan Creek Rd. to Windsor Dr.
    • Reconstruct the asphalt pavement between the existing curb and gutter on Hinkle Dr. between University Dr. and Windsor Dr., and on Windsor Dr. between Hinkle Dr. and N Elm St.
    • Remove and reconstruct concrete curb and gutter where required
    Estimated Cost: $7.3 million

    Estimated Schedule: September 2018 to September 2019
  • Eagle Drive Drainage
    This will install 500 linear feet of box culvert near Eagle Dr. between Myrtle St. and Elm St.

    Estimated Cost: $2.41 million

    Estimated Schedule: August 2018 to August 2019
  • Pecan Creek Tributary Four Drainage Improvements
    Phases I and II will install approximately 1,500 linear feet of box culvert along the Pecan Creek Tributary 4 (PEC 4) Upper Tributary between Wainwright St. and Prairie St. This also includes water and wastewater replacements along Elm St. and Locust St. between Eagle Dr. and Hickory St.

    Phases III and IV will install approximately 2,700 linear feet of box culvert along the PEC 4 Upper Tributary between Prairie St. and Mulberry St.

    Estimated Cost: $21.2 million

    Estimated Schedule: 
    Phases I & II: 2018 to 2020
    Phases III & IV: 2021 to 2023

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