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Edwards Branch (Phase II) Storm Drainage Improvement Project

Phase I (Stream Restoration and Wetland Creation) Completed
Phase III (Stream Restoration, Preservation and BMPs)

Phase II of the Edwards Branch Watershed Improvement Project focused on street flooding, channel erosion, and storm water pollution control. 

In 2008, repair work was performed on portions of the channel in this area. 

Edward's Branch (Phase II) Map 


Cost: $2,900,000
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-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team managed Edwards Branch Phase II Project through the phases listed below. A general description 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.  Public meetings were held during Phase II of the project with the affected property owners to present the planning and design information and receive input. 

Planning  Phase (Completed November 2000)
City staff worked with Kimley-Horn and Associates to plan the improvements in Phase II of the Edward's Branch Watershed.  These plans were based on citizen calls to 704-336-RAIN and responses to the neighborhood questionnaire.  The consultant analyzed the problems and proposed solutions for the project. 

Design Phase (Completed March 2002)
The design phase consisted of compiling detailed construction drawings and exhibits for every property that is affected by improvements.  During this phase, many details were addressed including the determination of specific pipe sizes and alignments, extent of channel improvements, utility relocations, tree removal and easement widths and locations. 

Permitting Phase (Completed February 2002)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits and certifications were obtained from Federal and State agencies.  Permit applications were prepared and meetings were conducted with the NC Division of Environment and Natural Resources and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Property Easement/Acquisition Phase (Completed January 2004)
The City's real estate staff worked directly with affected citizens to acquire Conservation Easements.  The City requested that affected property owners grant Conservation Easements to provide the City access to their property to perform needed improvements and future maintenance. 

Bid Phase (Completed July 2002)
During the bid phase, the final plans are circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process.  By state law, the lowest responsible bidder was awarded the construction contract.

Construction Phase:  (Completed May 2005)
Construction of Phase II was completed in May 2005.

Project Team  

Monica Jarrett​, E.I.
City Project Manager

Amy Bice, E.I.
Watershed Area Manager

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

Gary Stansbury
City Construction Manager