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PLC will install an Aeroqual portable air quality monitor to determine measurable levels of particulate matter. This instrument has a laser particle counter that can quantify particulate matter down 10 microns (0.01 millimeters). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) use this particulate size to establish permissible amounts of atmospheric particulate matter caused by dust-producing activities. The project’s environmental compliance manager will analyze and compare measured results with the EPA’s 24-hour standard and background measurements. Air quality measurements will be taken in accordance with TCEQ requirements.
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With the project being 11 miles long, this centralized location allows for the most efficient construction of the 635 LBJ East Project, benefiting Garland and its neighboring communities.
PLC’s lease agreement with the City of Garland allows PLC to occupy the site up to 60 months (five years).
PLC will use the staging yard to store materials, tools, and light construction vehicles. In addition, the staging yard will house PLC’s offices and a concrete batch plant.
Materials stored at the yard will generally include tools; small materials, such as lumber and sealed expansion joints; construction equipment and trucks; rock, sand, cement, and other materials associated with the concrete batch plant; box containers holding construction materials and small tools; and dumpsters.
In all of its operations, safety is PLC’s top priority among its employees and the public. Safety measures are strictly enforced within all of the company’s practices. On a daily basis, foremen assess all activities to identify potential hazards, and they monitor crew activities to ensure safe work practices are being followed.
PLC will use industry-standard security practices when the site is not in operation.
The noise levels at the batch plant will be kept at or below Garland Noise Ordinance requirements at the property line. As a noise mitigation strategy, PLC is required to position the batch plant equipment as far south on the premises as reasonably practicable to provide maximum distance from the closest residents located north of the staging yard.
Periodically, trucks and sprinklers will spray water and environmentally-friendly suppressants on unpaved yard surfaces to mitigate dust. In addition, the concrete batch plant will have its own built-in dust filtration system to mitigate dust particles as concrete is mixed.
PLC is responsible for ensuring the staging yard is kept neat, orderly, and complies with applicable laws. This includes mowing, weed control, trash, and litter removal. In addition, PLC will keep the surrounding streets clear of construction material, dirt, mud, and other debris associated with construction operations as much as possible. Construction vehicles will be limited to specific entrance and exit points to limit material leaving the site.
PLC will limit staff entrance and exit points to the western and northwestern portion of the staging yard. Commercial vehicles and equipment will only be permitted to use the access point at South Garland Avenue and Leon Drive. Light, non-commercial vehicles may use the access point at W. Kingsley Road.
To learn more about the design that will be used along Garland Avenue, please click here:
At the end of its lease term, PLC will restore the property to its current condition and work with the City of Garland to address any concerns.
For more information about the staging yard, view this presentation by PLC:
Presentation to Garland City Council, April 2020
To contact the 635 LBJ East Project’s public information team, please use the project hotline or the general project email address.