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Lyon Court Storm Drainage Improvement Project

The Lyon Court Storm Drainage Improvement Project will reduce flooding and erosion in the project area.  The project area covers approximately 300 acres.  The project drainage area is shown below, and is roughly bounded by The Plaza to the west, Belvedere Avenue to the north, Truman Road and Morningside Drive to the east, and McClintock Road to the south. 


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

Cost:  $20,000,000
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 will manage Lyon Court Storm Drainage 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.
 Lyon Court Project Map

​Planning Phase (June 2010 - April 2012)
During the planning phase, public meetings are used to obtain input from property owners. Several improvement alternatives are developed and evaluated to determine the best solution. A recommended alternative is presented to the public for comment at the end of the planning phase.

Design Phase (April 2012 - To Be Determined)
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 and lining types, utility relocations, and easement locations. The design phase of a project typically lasts 21 to 34 months.

Permitting Phase (To Be Determined)
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 may also be obtained during this phase if necessary. The permitting phase of a project typically lasts 3 to 9 months; however, it may overlap other phases.

Property Easement/Acquisition (March 2014 - To Be Determined)
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 8 to 12 months.

Bid Phase (To Be Determined)
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 December 2021​)
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. Due to the size of this project, the construction phase will be sequenced and can last up to 4 years.

Project Team

William Harris, E.I.
City Project Manager

Amy Bice, E.I.
Watershed Area Manager

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


March 20​16  
Augu​st 2015     
Apri​l 2015  
Decemb​er 2014   
August 2014 
April 2014 
March 2014
January 2014 
September 2013
May 2013
January 2013
September 2012
May 2012
February 2012
January 2012
November 2011
July 2011
March 2011
January 2011
September 2010
May 2010
January 2010

Meeting Minutes

March 25, 2014

Overall Project Map (3.43 MB)
Northern Map (2.85 MB) 
Southern Map (2.93 MB)

January 5, 2012
February 15, 2011