The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team will manage the Blenhein Project through the phases listed below.
A general description and range of typical timeframes for project phases is given below.
Planning Phase (March 2011 - December 2011)
During the planning phase, several improvement alternatives are developed and evaluated to determine the best solution. The stormwater challenges present in this area are particularly challenging. Due to this additional complexity, CMSWS hired more than one engineering consultant to study the area. The results of these studies were presented at the May 10, 2012 public meeting.
Design Phase (December 2011- February 2015)
During the design phase, construction drawings are developed for the alternative selected during the planning phase. Many details must be addressed including the determination of channel widths, pipe sizes, utility relocations, and easement locations. The design phase of a project typically lasts 21 to 34 months as it cannot be completed till both the Permitting and Easement Acquisition Phases are complete.
Permitting Phase (March 2013 – February 2015)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments. The permitting phase of a project typically lasts 3 to 9 months; however, it will overlap the design and real estate phases.
Property Easement/Acquisition (May 2012 - June 2014)
The City's real estate staff works with citizens and businesses to acquire either Conservation Easements or Storm Drainage Easements. In addition, temporary construction easements may also be needed to access work areas. The City requests that easements be donated to provide access to your property to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance. The bid phase will begin after all easements are acquired. The easement acquisition phase of a project typically lasts 12 to 15 months.
In addition to easements, this project required the City to purchase property. This property is needed to create safer areas for the storage of floodwaters and wetlands. The City began the process of purchasing property in May 2012 and finished November 2013.
Bid Phase (Started March 2015)
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 5 to 6 months. Construction Phase (End by Spring 2019)
Throughout construction, efforts will be made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners. Construction of proposed improvements will be supervised by City inspectors. Notifications of key construction dates will be mailed to residents prior to construction. The construction phase of this project can last up to 2 years.Project Team:
Gregory M. Cole, P.E.
704-336-4824 Amy Bice, E.I.
Watershed Area Manager
704-432-0965 Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager