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Muddy Creek Storm Drainage Improvement Project

The Muddy Creek Storm Drainage Improvement Project will reduce flooding and erosion in the project area.  The project is complete.  A general description and range of typical timeframes for project phases is given below.

Muddy Creek/Campbell Creek Restoration has been approved to receive federal funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.  This project will result in restoration and enhancement of 7,373 linear feet of stream and 6.1 acres of wetland along Muddy Creek and Eastland Branch, tributaries to Campbell Creek in the McAlpine Creek watershed. The Muddy Creek project will also implement four storm water best management practices (BMPs) that will address storm water pollutants in a highly urbanized area. These BMPs will also detain storm water runoff, enhancing and protecting the receiving streams from the scouring effects of urban runoff. The project will create, enhance, and protect forested riparian areas. A new 27.9 acre riparian wildlife habitat conservation area will be created.  This is not a greenway project. 

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Project area map


  • Reducing house and street flooding by improving the storm drainage system
  • Changing the stream path to a more natural design
  • Stabilizing eroded creek banks
  • Restoring the floodplain to its natural state and function
  • Enhancing water quality
  • Improving habitats for aquatic life and wildlife

Cost:  $3,000,000
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 the Muddy Creek 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.

Planning Phase (Completed May 2007)
During the planning phase, questionnaires and 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. 

Muddy Creek Proposed Project Improvement Area Map

View a larger map of the proposed project improvement area

Design Phase (Completed January 2009)
During the design phase, construction drawings for the alternative selected during the planning phase are developed.  Many details must be 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 October 2008)
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 will be 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 February 2009)
The City's real estate staff works with citizens and businesses to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs), and Conservation Easements (CEs). The City requests that SDEs and CEs 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.

If you have any questions about easement acquisition, please contact Julie Millea, City Real Estate Agent, 704-336-3104.

Bid Phase (Completed June 2009)
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 4 to 5 months.

Construction Phase (Completed October 2010)
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.

Project construction was substantially complete in October 2010. The contractor has since addressed all punch list items and installed all vegetation. The Reddman Road cul-de-sac will be resurfaced by fall of 2011. 

Project Team

Jennifer Barker, P.E.
City Project Manager

Doug Lozner, P.E.
Watershed Area Manager

Gary Stansbury
City Construction Manager

Donna Bost
City Construction Inspector

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


June 2010
February 2010
June 2009
June 2008
October 2007 

Meeting Minutes

May 7, 2008 
September 28, 2006