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Cherokee/Scotland Storm Drainage Improvement Project

​​Construction Updates​:


​​The Cherokee/Scotland Storm Drainage Improvement Project will improve the storm drainage infrastructure in order to reduce flooding of streets, properties and structures.  Streams will also be stabilized and/or restored in order to provide a more natural, stable stream system throughout the area.  The project is currently in the Bid Phase. 


- Reduce structure and street flooding throughout the neighborhood.
- Address channel erosion problems within the project area.

Cost:  $13,100,000
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, permits and landscaping.
 Cherokee/Scotland Project Area Map
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team will manage the Cherokee/Scotland Project through the phases listed below.

A general description and range of typical timeframes for project phases is given below.  Specific work is conducted during each phase while an emphasis is made on public involvement throughout the entire project.

Planning Phase (July 2003 - December 2008)
During the planning phase, questionnaires and public meetings were used to obtain input from property owners. Several improvement alternatives were developed and evaluated to determine the best solution. A recommended alternative was presented to the public for comment at the end of the planning phase. 

Design Phase (December 2008 - January 2014)
During the design phase, construction drawings for the alternative 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.  The design phase of a project typically lasts 21 to 34 months.  Due to additional storm drainage system added to the project, revisions in the design have taken place and extended the original schedule.

Permitting Phase (December 2010 – November 2014)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments.  Other permits such as permission to work within railroad and NCDOT rights-of-way will be obtained during this phase.  The permitting phase of a project typically lasts 3 to 9 months.  The permitting phase of a project may overlap other phases.

Property Easement/Acquisition (October 2011 - July 2013)
The City's real estate staff works with citizens and businesses to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs).  The City requests that SDEs be donated to provide access to your property to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance.  In addition to SDEs, temporary construction easements may be needed to access work areas.  The bid phase will begin after all easements are acquired.  The easement acquisition phase of a project typically lasts 8 to 12 months.

Bid Phase (March 2014 – February 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 (Started May 2015 - ​​End by September 2017)
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 and will be mailed to residents prior to construction.  
The construction phase of this project can last up to 2 years.

Project Team

Jackie Bray
City Project Manager

Joel Hardison
City Inspector

Jamie Knight
Construction Supervisor

Doug Lozner​, P.E.
Watershed Area Manager

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


Feb​ruary 2016  
Novem​ber 2015  
June 2​015  
Febr​uary 2015      
October 2014 
June 2014  
February 2014 
October 2013
June 2013
February 2013
October 2012
June 2012
February 2012
October 2011
June 2011
February 2011
January 2011
October 2010
June 2010
February 2010
October 2009
June 2009
February 2009
October 2008
June 2008
Project Survey

Meeting Minutes  

Updated Exhibits - October 5, 2011

        Updated Design Exhibit - Bolling Road (3.92 MB)
        Updated Design Exhibit - Scotland Ave Bypass (1.77 MB)
        Updated Design Exhibit - Floodplain Bench Area (2.01 MB)
        Updated Design Exhibit - Northern Section (8.82 MB)
        Updated Design Exhibit - Southern Section (7.44 MB)

January 20, 2011 

May 8, 2008

October 25, 2005