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Alanhurst/Cherrycrest Storm Drainage Improvement Project

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) has identified this neighborhood for possible storm water system improvements to address structure and street flooding. The Alanhurst-Cherrycrest Storm Drainage Improvement Project lies within a drainage basin of approximately 215 acres. The project is roughly bounded by Griffin Road and Archdale Drive on the north and south, respectively, and by Old Pineville Road and King’s Branch floodplain on the east and west, respectively.

Questionnaires have been mailed to residents requesting any information to identify problems with culverts, channels, and structural or street flooding in the neighborhood. This information, along with 311 service request calls, field reviews, and engineering modeling and analysis, will be utilized during the planning and design phases to provide solutions to current drainage issues. If you have concerns and have not already returned a completed questionnaire, please take the time to do so.  You may see small round aluminum discs attached to trees. These “tree tags” serve as an identifier of the tree location and variety for easier recognition. The tags are intended to stay in place for the life of the project.

Alanhurst/Cherrycrest Project Area Map

CMSWS project team will manage the Alanhurst-Cherrycrest Storm Drainage Improvement Project through the phases listed below. A general description and range of typical timeframes for project phases are given. Specific work is conducted during each phase while an emphasis is placed on public involvement throughout the entire project.

Planning Phase (June 2011 – March 2014)
Engineering consultant W.K. Dickson & Co. is in the late Planning stages for the project. The last public meeting was held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 to present the preferred design alternative and receive feedback.  These meetings provide for an open forum to receive resident opinions, observations, and suggestions.  This information is then used to develop the design plans. The planning phase of a project typically lasts 12 -27 months.

Design Phase (March 2014- TBD)
During the Design phase, construction drawings for the alternate selected during the planning phase are developed.  Many details must be addressed including the determination of specific pipe sizes and alignments, channel widths and lining types, inlet sizes and locations, utility relocations, and easement locations.  Personnel from City of Charlotte, the engineering consultant, land surveyors, wetland specialists, and geotechnical engineers will be working in the area collecting information necessary to complete the design.  The design phase typically lasts 21-34 months.

Permitting Phase (To Be Determined)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments.  Other permits such as permission to work within NCDOT and Charlotte Mecklenburg Utility rights-of-way will be obtained during this phase.  The permitting phase of a project typically last 3 to 9 months but may overlap other phases.

Property Easement/Acquisition (To Be Determined)
The City’s Real Estate staff works with citizens and businesses to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs) and Temporary Construction Easements (TCEs).  The City requests that SDEs and TCEs be donated to provide access to your property to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance. The Easement Acquisition phase typically lasts 8 to 12 months and must be completed before entering the Bid phase. 

Bid Phase (To Be Determined)
During the bid phase, the final plans will be circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process.  By state law, the lowest responsible bidder is awarded the construction contract.  The bid phase of a project typically lasts 6 months.

Construction Phase (To Be Determined)
Throughout construction, efforts will be made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners.  Construction of proposed improvements will be supervised by a City Inspector.  Notifications of key construction dates and will be mailed to residents prior to construction.  Because projects vary in size, the typical construction phase of a project can last from 3 months to over 2 years.

Project Team 

Danee McGee, P.E., C.F.M.
City Project Manager

Doug Lozner, P.E.
Watershed Area Manager

Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager


March 2014
November 2013
October 2013
July 2013
March 2013
November 2012
July 2012
March 30, 2012
March 2012 
February 2012
July 2011

Meeting Minutes

March 2012