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McAlway/Churchill Storm Drainage Improvement Project
The McAlway/Churchill Storm Drainage Improvement Project will reduce flooding and erosion in the project area.  The project area covers approximately 325 acres.  The project drainage area is shown below, and is roughly bounded by Meadowbrook Road and North Wendover Road to the north, McAlway Road to the east and south, and Randolph and Sedgewood Circle to the west.

Project area map.


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

Cost:  $9,000,000
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 McAlway/Churchill 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.  Public meetings have been and will continue to be held throughout the project with the affected property owners to present the planning and design information and receive input. 

Planning Phase (June 2009 - October 2011)
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. The planning phase of a project typically lasts 12 to 27 months.

A public meeting was held on March 9, 2010 to share what the analysis shows as the existing drainage concerns and to obtain feedback and information from the citizens.  The meeting minutes are attached below.

A second public meeting was held on July 28, 2011 to present our recommended storm drainage improvements, discuss the project status and schedule and to receive input from local residents and property owners. The meeting minutes are attached below.

Design Phase (October 2011 - October 2015)
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 (November 2014 - May​ 2015​)
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 (April 2013 – January 2015)
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 propert​y 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 (October 2015 - April 2016)
During the bid phase, the final plans will be circul​ated 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 June​ 2018​)
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. Because projects vary in size, the typical construction phase of a project can last from 3 months to over 2 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


May​ 2016 
March 2016​  
Nove​mber 2015  
July 2​015  
March 2015 
November 2014 
July 2014 
March 2014
November 2013
July 2013
March 2013
October 2012

June 2012

February 2012

October 2011

August 2011

July 2011
April 2011
December 2010

August 2010
April 2010
March 2010
January 2010 
September 2009
May 2009

Meeting Minutes

April 18, 2013

Drainage Improvement Map 1
Drainage Improvement Map 2

July 28, 2011 

        Selected Alternative Map 1 
        Selected Alternative Map 2

March 9, 2010