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Louise Avenue Storm Drainage Improvement Project

The project Bid Phase has restarted. The construction contract will be approved by City Council once Bid Phase is complete.

To date three public meetings have been held. Two during the Planning Phase of the project to solicit resident input and an additional public meeting during Design Phase for easement acquisition.

The following are project highlights:
  • The downstream culverts at Seigle Avenue and Louise Avenue were constructed sooner than the rest of the project due to safety concerns.
  • A portion of the Thomas Avenue system was constructed early to help alleviate flooding and foundation concerns for homes in this area.
  • A portion of the Hawthorne Lane system was constructed early to accommodate the Midwood Townhome development.
  • The remainder of the system identified for repair is along Hawthorne Lane, Kennon Street, and Thomas Avenue will be constructed with the upcoming contract. 
  • Community involvement is important to the success of the project and the team would like to hear any concerns.
  • All individual citizen issues have been used in developing proposed solutions.

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-Reduce structure and street flooding.
-Address channel capacity and erosion problems.

Cost:  14.2 Million
Please note that this figure will include all costs associated with this project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, necessary permitting and landscaping. 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) Project Team will manage the Louise Avenue Project through the phases listed below which include typical time frames and descriptions of the project phases. Even though specific work is conducted during each phase and emphasis is made on public involvement throughout the entire project.

Planning Phase (Completed September 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. The planning phase of a project typically lasts 12 to 27 months.

Design Phase (September 2008 to February 2011)
During the design phase, construction drawings for the alternative selected during the planning phase were developed. Many details were 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.

Permitting Phase (Completed January 2011)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits were obtained from Federal and State governments. Other permits such as permission to work within railroad and NCDOT rights-of-way were 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 (Completed)
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 (July 2012-Current)
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 (Time frame TBD)
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. Because projects vary in size, the typical construction phase of a project can last from 3 months to over 2 years.

Project Team

Danee McGee, P.E., C.F.M.
City Project Manager

Doug Lozner, P.E.
Watershed Area Manager

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


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Meeting Minutes

March 13, 2007