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Meadowdale / Carousel Storm Drainage Improvement Project

The Meadowdale / Carousel Storm Drainage Improvement Project reduces street and structure flooding in the area surrounding Albemarle Road and Harris Boulevard .  The project is complete.

Project area map.


-  Reduce street and structure flooding throughout the neighborhood.

Cost:  $3,100,000

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 Storm Water Services (CSWS) project team will manage the Meadowdale / Carousel Project through the phases listed below.  Specific work is conducted during each phase with an emphasis on public involvement throughout the entire project.

Planning Phase (Completed April 2001)
City Storm Water staff worked with Armstrong Glen, P.C. to plan the improvements in the Meadowdale / Carousel Area. These plans were based on citizen calls to 704-336-RAIN, responses to the neighborhood questionnaire and results of the storm event models performed by Armstrong Glen, P.C.

The consultant analyzed the problems and proposed solutions for the project. A public meeting was held to present the findings of the planning study to the neighborhood and gather citizen input.

Design Phase (Completed February 2003)
Detailed construction drawings and exhibits were prepared for every property affected by improvements. During this phase, many details were addressed including the determination of specific pipe sizes and alignments, stream widths and lining types, inlet sizes and locations, utility relocations, tree removal and easement widths and locations.

A public meeting was held to present the preliminary design to the neighborhood and to assist in starting the property easement/acquisition phase of the project.

Questionnaires were also sent out during this phase to the residents living along the steam asking whether or not they wanted and/or needed stream stabilization on their property. About 20 residents responded and stream stabilization was performed on these properties, as needed.

CSWS also worked with CDOT in May 2001 to repair the Dawnwood footbridge and stabilize the stream in this area.

Permitting Phase (Completed February 2003)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits and certifications were obtained from Federal and State agencies. Permit applications were prepared and permits were received from the NC Division of Environment and Natural Resources and the US Army Corps of Engineers. 

Property Easement/Acquisition Phase (Completed January 2003)
The City's real estate staff worked directly with affected citizens to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs). The City requested that affected property owners grant SDEs to provide the City access to their property to perform needed improvements and future maintenance.   All required easements had to be acquired before any work began.  

Bid Phase (Completed May 2003)
During the bid phase, the final plans were circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process. By state law, the lowest responsible bidder was awarded the construction contract.

Construction Phase (Completed August 2004)
Construction is complete.  

Project Team

Monica Kruchow, E.I.
City Project Manager

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

Gary Stansbury
City Construction Manager