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Cliffwood/Wilmore Storm Drainage Improvement Project
The Cliffwood/Wilmore Storm Drainage Improvement Project addressed flooding problems at Mint Street (formerly known as Cliffwood Place) and Wilmore Drive.  Included in this project were improvements and/or replacement of the drainage system around South Tryon, Mint Street and Wilmore Drive.  This project has been completed.

Cliffwood Map

- Increase the number of culverts at Wilmore Drive.
- Install/replace new pipe from Mint Street to South Tryon at Worthington Ave.
- Spot channel improvements from Wilmore Drive to West Blvd.

Cost:  $3,100,000
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.

The Charlotte Storm Water Services (CSWS) project team managed the Cliffwood/Wilmore Project through the phases listed below.  Specific work was conducted during each phase while an emphasis was made on public involvement throughout the entire project.

Planning Phase (Completed April 1999)
City staff worked with a consultant to plan the improvements in the Cliffwood / Wilmore Area.  These plans are based on citizen calls to 704-336-RAIN, responses to the neighborhood questionnaire and results of the storm event models performed by the consultant. 

The consultant analyzed the problems and proposed several alternative solutions of which CSWS selected the final alternatives for the project.

Design Phase (Completed April 2003)
Detailed construction drawings and exhibits were prepared for every property affected by improvements.  During this phase, many details were addressed including the determination of specific pipe sizes and alignments, inlet sizes and locations, utility relocations, tree removal and easement widths and locations. 

Permitting Phase (On-going)
During the permitting phase, the required permits and certifications were obtained from County, State and Federal agencies.  A North Carolina Department of Transportation encroachment agreement is needed to install the pipes on South Tryon Street.

Property Easement/Acquisition (Completed April 2003)
The City's real estate staff worked directly with affected citizens to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs).  The City requested that affected property owners grant SDEs to provide the City access to their property to perform needed improvements and future maintenance. 

Bid Phase (Completed August 2003)
During the bid phase, the final plans were circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process.  By state law, the lowest responsible bidder is awarded the construction contract.

Construction Phase (Completed November 2005)
Throughout construction, efforts were made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners.  Construction of proposed improvements were supervised by City inspectors.  Construction was completed in November 2005.

Project Team

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

Gary Stansbury
City Construction Manager