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Mary Alexander Storm Drainage Improvement Project
UPDATE: A preferred alternative to address the drainage issues and concerns has been selected.  Land Design is currently finalizing the selected alternative report prior to beginning the Design phase. 

Project Scope: The Mary Alexander Storm Drainage Improvement Project (SDIP) will focus on the storm drainage issues along Mary Alexander Road between East Mallard Creek Church Road and the entrance to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The project will also analyze the downstream channel that flows from Mary Alexander Road to the confluence of Mallard Creek.
Mary Alexander project area map Estimated Cost: To be determined (TBD)
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 the Mary Alexander SDIP through the phases listed below.
Planning Phase (Began June 2013) During the planning phase, the existing conditions are assessed, beginning with the survey data collected. After existing conditions are evaluated, several improvement concepts (alternatives) are then developed and evaluated to determine the best solution.

Design Phase (Time Frame TBD) The engineering consultant works closely with Storm Water Services to develop the design. Personnel from the City of Charlotte, the engineering consultant, land surveyors, wetland specialists, and geotechnical engineers work in the area collecting information necessary to complete the design.

Permitting Phase (Time Frame TBD) During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments. Other permits such as permission to work within Charlotte Mecklenburg Utility rights-of-way will be obtained during this phase. The permitting phase of a project may overlap other phases. Permitting phase typically lasts 3-9 months.

Property Easement/Acquisition (Time Frame TBD) The City works with citizens and organizations to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs), Access Easements (AEs), and Temporary Construction Easements (TCEs). The City requests that SDEs, AEs, and TCEs be donated to provide the City access and certain rights to the affected properties to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance.

Bid Phase (Time Frame TBD) 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 a City Inspector. Notifications of key construction dates will be mailed to residents prior to construction. Construction involves earth work, concrete work, and other activities typically associated with a construction project.

Project Team:

Steven McCraney
Project Manager

Doug Lozner, P.E.
Watershed Area Manager

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


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