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Learn More About the City’s Downtown Drainage Project

For many community members, the chattering of construction crews and plundering of heavy machinery have become a usual soundtrack as the City plans and experiences growth and development all over town. One major construction project currently in progress in the downtown area is designed to improve the safety and quality of life for residents, visitors, and business owners.

The Pecan Creek Tributary 4 (PEC-4) project is an active multi-phase drainage construction project that will provide 100-year flood protection for hundreds of commercial and residential properties in the City of Denton. Phases 1 and 2 of the PEC-4 project are located on Wainwright Street, Highland Street, Elm Street, Locust Street, and Prairie Street.

During moderate to intense storms the downtown area has experienced flooded homes, businesses and impaired emergency response. The existing drainage system along the Pecan Creek Upper Tributary only provides a two to five-year flood protection.

At its completion, the PEC 4 project will contain the floodplain associated with the Tributary inside two 11 X 8 box culverts resulting in the protection of schools, medical facilities, small businesses, residents, and streets.

PEC-4 By the Numbers:

  • The PEC-4 project includes four phases of drainage, water, and wastewater.

  • The PEC-4 project will relieve an undersized storm sewer system and all buildings and property currently located in the floodplain of PEC-4 will be removed from the floodplain once all four phases are complete.

  • The PEC-4 Phases 1 and 2 project locations are Elm Street from Hickory to Eagle, Locust Street from Hickory to Eagle, and Prairie Street from Pierce to Wainwright. Construction activities began in 2019 and are scheduled to be completed in 2021.

  • The PEC 4 Phases 3 and 4 project locations are Prairie to Mulberry between Carroll and Elm, then west on Mulberry to Bernard. These phases of the project are in the planning and design phase and are expected to progress to the advertise, bid, and award phase once complete and funding for construction secured.

  • The PEC-4 Phases 1 and 2 project cost is $15.1 Million. The project is funded by the 2012 and 2014 bond programs.

If you are interested in staying updated on the progress of the PEC-4 project or have questions for the project team, we want to help. Visit www.discussdenton.com/pec4 for more information, to sign up for construction project alerts, and to ask the project team a question or share your input on the project.

Source: City of Denton

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