CMSWS project team will manage the Beckwith-Meadow 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 2012 – TBD)
Engineering consultant STV Incorporated is in the early Planning stages and will be working with their surveyor to gather existing conditions information. STV will use this information to prepare the hydrologic and hydraulic modeling to determine the efficiency of the current drainage system. A public meeting will be scheduled to present the findings and to discuss possible solutions. This information is then used to develop and present alternative design concepts for future study. Based upon public input, cost, and hydraulic efficiency, a recommended alternative is presented to the public for comment at the end of the planning phase. The planning phase of a project typically lasts 12 -27 months.
Design Phase (To Be Determined)
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 4 to 5 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.
Susan Tolan, P.E.
City Project Manager
Doug Lozner, P.E.
Watershed Area Manager
Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager