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Streets and Construction

Crews from the Streets, Water, and Wastewater departments are hard at work repairing Denton’s streets. Use the interactive map below to find out which streets are currently under construction, as well as which ones are planned to be repaired or have been recently repaired.

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Summer 2018 Smoke Testing
During June, City of Denton inspection crews will conduct smoke testing of sewer lines to locate breaks and defects in the system. During this testing, white smoke will exit through vent pipes on the roofs of homes and through sewer line breaks. The smoke is non-toxic, leaves no residue, and creates no fire hazard. Smoke should not enter your home unless defective plumbing exists or drain traps are dry. If you have pipes that have not been used recently, it is suggested to run water through the drain to reduce the possibility of smoke entering through that pipe. At no time will field crews have to enter your business or residence.

Major Streets Currently Under Construction
You can view the construction projects in list form here. Please note, construction end dates are an estimate. Weather, equipment breakdowns, or other unforeseen problems could cause this schedule to change.

Construction Types

  • Street Construction Types
    Reconstruction- During this process, the driving surface as well as the stabilization layer beneath will be removed and replaced. Reconstruction usually involves replacing curb and gutters, and occasionally involves sidewalk replacement as well. This is a lengthy process that ultimately results in a new street that is built with the goal of lasting 40 years.

    Mill and Overlay- When the stabilization layer of a street is still functional, but the driving surface is below standards, crews will mill off some or all of the driving surface of a street and replace the removed portion with a new driving surface. Mill and overlays usually take between a few weeks to a couple months to complete, and extend the life of a street by an additional 10 years.

    Microseal- Microsealing is a type of preventative maintenance that involves applying a protective coating to the surface of a street that is still in good condition. Similar to changing oil in a car, this is a cost effective way to maintain a street’s good condition before wear and tear damage the street’s surface.  This minor rehab work is typically completed within a day and extends the life of a road an additional 5 years. Click here to view a map of this year’s planned microseals.

    Concrete Panel Repair- Streets that are made out of concrete are able to have the failed sections of concrete pavement removed and a new concrete surface installed without having to replace the entire street.

    Base Failures- When the stabilization layer of a street fails in certain areas due to shifting soils or other reasons, that specific area can be targeted and rebuilt to restore the street to standards.

    Crack Seal- This involves sealing the gap between two sides of a crack in a street’s surface. This repair is done in less than a day, and restores the smoothness to a street.
     
  • Sidewalk Program
    The City works to maintain existing sidewalks and construct new sidewalks where needed to create a connected sidewalk network. The City is responsible for:
    • Installation of new sidewalks
    • Repair of existing sidewalks
    • ADA-accessible ramp installation or repairs
    • Curb and gutter construction or repairs
    *Driveways are the responsibility of home and business owners.

    In 2014, Denton voters approved $2 million of bond funds to be spent on new sidewalks. All new sidewalk requests received are ranked based on several criteria. View the repair criteria. Highest ranked projects will move forward. Repair of existing sidewalk has a similar ranking process. View the ranking criteria.
    To request a new sidewalk, report a sidewalk/curb issue, or report an ADA-accessibility issue, fill out this form. For sidewalk questions, contact Pritam Deshmukh (940) 349-7710, or Pritam.Deshmukh@cityofdenton.com.

    How are sidewalk repairs funded?
    The Street Department has an annual budget of $1 million to fund sidewalk repair, curb and gutter, and address Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requests. The department works on a call-in complaint process. Sidewalk requests are evaluated by staff for urgency and status and then a plan of action is established.

    Who is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk in front of my home or business?
    According to the City code, the City is responsible to fix/repair sidewalks in front of residential properties, assuming the location fits the criteria for repair. Non-residential properties are not included.
  • Water Construction
    Aging Water Main Replacement- The average water main should last 70 years. When a water main is close to 70 and/ or the main has had a significant number of leaks or breaks, the line is replaced with a new waterline. Main replacement projects often take place before a street is to be reconstructed, in which case it is a component of a larger, lengthy project that often takes several months or more. Branching out from water mains, are service lines, which are smaller pipes that deliver water to one specific building or location. The portion of service lines that run from the water main to the customer’s individual water meter are often replaced as well.  The area where the service line and the main meet is called a “tap” and new taps have to be created for each service line. Depending on the complexity of the project and how it impacts the roadway above it, these projects can range from a month to over a year.

    Capacity Driven Main Replacement- The water department works hard to plan and project future growth and development needs. This planning often leads to the identification of pipes that may need to be increased in size to handle more demand. When this happens, the existing main is removed and replaced with a larger main.
  • Wastewater Construction
    Aging Main Replacement- Before wastewater pipe defects cause significant waste water flow restrictions, they are replaced with a new, strong plastic pipe.  You may see crews work in an open trench, lowering each pipe segment into place, or you may also see them operate a “pipe bursting” machine, which drags new pipe in through a small pit while increasing the size of the pipe channel.  When the process is done, you will have a brand new pipe with decades of use ahead.

    Capacity Driven Replacement- To allow Denton to grow without impeding wastewater flows, crews will identify pipes that are too small to handle water flow during major storm events, or that need upgrades for future developments.

    Manhole Repair and Installation- You may see crews working around a small pit in or near the road setting new concrete forms for either new manholes, which allows for better accessibility to maintain the pipes, or repairing manholes that are aged or have developed cracks.

    Pipe Inspections-  Using either simple video cameras or a Closed Circuit Television system attached to a robotic vehicle, crews inspect the inside of pipes without having to disturb lawns, traffic, and the root systems of trees. If any breaks or cracks are found, the crews can use the camera, along with the Quicklock Repair System, to repair the sewer pipe. A steel sleeve is pulled along with the camera to the exact location to be repaired, and then is expanded to fit snug against the inside of the pipe.
  • Regional Mobility Projects
    Denton County- Denton County maintains roadway signs and markings on county roads. Call (940) 349-3420.

    TXDoT- The Texas Department of Transportation maintains state roads (US Highways, Interstate, and FM roadways) including roadway signs and markings. View the TXDoT projects status list, visit their website for updated information, or call (940) 387-1414.

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Streets Operations

The Streets Division is responsible for repairing potholes, minor street failures, sidewalk, curb and gutter repair, and utility cuts made by various franchises. Major street maintenance is also done (reconstruction including seal coating, overlays and heat scarification) to city streets.

For questions regarding street construction on City-maintained roads, or to speak to the Street Department Manager, call (940) 349-7146 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

For County-maintained roads, contact the Denton County Road and Bridge Department at (940) 349-3430.

Traffic Operations

The Traffic Operations Division maintains all of the traffic signals within the Denton city limits. Traffic signs and pavement markings are also maintained by Traffic Operations on City of Denton roadways only.

For questions regarding traffic systems or markings on City-maintained roads, or to speak to the Traffic Operations Manager, call (940) 349-8462 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How are streets selected to be repaired or replaced?
    Two factors are taken into consideration when trying to determine whether or not a street needs to be repaired or replaced.

    The first is to determine the Overall Pavement Condition Index (OCI). This is determined by using specialized equipment to collect data that is uploaded into a software program which analyzes the information and calculates a condition rating from 0 (worst) to 100 (best). The pavement assessment program also makes recommendations on what type of treatment needs to be done to the street to improve its overall condition (see above for construction types). 

    The second factor is a field inspection by City of Denton Streets Department staff. During this inspection, the staff will determine if temporary repairs need to be made.
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    You may see this truck measuring the OCI of your street.
  • Why are they working on this street and not another that looks much worse?
    Some streets require more than a new top layer. Once a street has been identified for repair, staff coordinates with major utilities, such as water and wastewater, and other franchised utilities, such as gas and fiber, to see if the lines below ground need to be replaced. Staff then works to coordinate with these utilities to ensure that all necessary repairs are made before the street is resurfaced or reconstructed. This reduces the chances that a street will be resurfaced only to have construction again soon after.
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