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Phase 1 – Myrtle/Morehead Storm Drainage Improvement Project



​​​​​​​​Phase II

Phase 1 Construction Update:​

October 8, 2015 - The work of placing the 9​0” concrete pipe along Oriole Street continues.

September 15, 2015 - Project upd​ate concerning blasting on Oriole Street.

August 19, 2015 - The work of ​placing the 90" concrete pipe along Oriole Street continues.   

August 4, 2015 - Project update c​concerning blasting on Oriole Street.

July 30, 2015 - Project update concerning blasting on Oriole Street.

July 16, 2015 - Update concerning construction and traffic along Oriole Street

July 10, 2015 - Work continues along Oriole Street and at Baxter/McDowell Streets. 

                        Project update  construction and traffic along Oriole Street.

June 12, 2015 - New traffic pattern for Baxter Street at McDowell Street.  

June 4, 2015 - Work continues along Morehead Street and Baxter/McDowell Streets. Project update concerning new work beginning along Oriole Street.  

June 2, 2015 - S​​che​duled project work continues at Oriole Street and also at Baxter/McDowell Streets

May 18 - Project​ update concerning​ several issues.

April 20 - Tunnel construction conti​nues & major traffic shift.

April 6 - Blasting 9:00 am Monday April 6, and from Wednesday, April 8 through Friday April 10.

March 31 - Blasting scheduled for 9:00 am every day this week from Tuesday, March 31 through Friday April 3.  Tree Trimming within a week.   ​

March 24 - Blasting scheduled for 9:00 am every day this week from Tuesday, March 24 through Friday March 27.   

March 23 - Blasting scheduled for 9:00am Monday, March 23.  

March 19 & 20 - Blasting scheduled for 9:00am Thursday, March 19, and also 9:00am Friday, March 20.  

March 18 - Blasting scheduled for 9:00am Wednesday, March 18.   

March 16 & 17 - Blasting scheduled for 9:00am Monday, March 16, and also tentatively 9:00am Tuesday March 17. 

March 13 & 14 - Blasting scheduled for 9:00am Friday, March 13, and also tentatively 9:00 Saturday March 14.
March 11, 2015 - ​9am blasting on the 12th......Read ​more......

March 6, 2015 - Blasting Friday and Saturday......Read​ more....
March 5, 2015 - 9am blasting today....Read more....​
​March 4, 2015 - 9am blasting today.......Re​ad more....
March 3, 2015 - ​9am blasting today....Read ​more....
February 27, 2015 - More blasting....Read m​ore....
February 26, 2015 - Blasting today​.....Read m​ore.....

February 17, 2015 - ​Project Update  Read ​more.....

​January 27, 2015​ - Possible temporary household water condition. Read more.....

Agenda for January 7, 2015 Meeting​ 

​Meeting Minutes for January 7, 2015 Meeting
December​ 2014 - Construction is well underway!​  Read more.....

​​​October 2014​​

​​Oriole Street Closing November 10, 2014 to February 10, 2016.  Map an​​​​d information........

October 2014​

This email is to update you on the City of Charlotte Myrtle/Morehead Drainage project. It has been in the Planning and Design Phases for a while and is quickly proceeding into the Construction Phase. Read more.....

The Myrtle/Morehead Storm Drainage Improvement Project will improve storm drainage infrastructure throughout the neighborhood.  Storm water related problems in the area include road flooding and structure flooding.  Proposed work in Phase 1 includes installing larger drainage pipes.  Streets in phase 1 include:  Baxter Street, McDowell Street, Morehead Street, and Oriole Avenue.
- Reduce street flooding at Euclid Avenue, Templeton Avenue, Myrtle Avenue and Lexington Avenue.
- Reduce structure flooding throughout the neighborhood.
Cost:  $16,700,000
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 Myrtle/Morehead Project through the phases listed below.  Specific work is conducted during each phase while an emphasis is made on public involvement throughout the entire project.
Planning Phase (Completed March 2007)
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) completed work on the Planning Phase for the Myrtle/Morehead Storm Drainage Improvement Project.  The Planning Phase consisted of field surveying, evaluating the existing drainage systems to determine areas of flooding and erosion damage, evaluating alternatives to reduce flooding and erosion, and preparing a final recommendation. After preliminary reviews from the project report and recommendation, CMSWS decided to explore additional alternatives for the project.

CMSWS is investigated and analyzed additional alternatives for the Myrtle/Morehead Drainage Improvement Project based upon:

  • Benefit/Cost Analysis
  • Floodproofing existing structures
  • Rehabilitation of the existing drainage system

This project was put on hold in 2007 due to funding constraints.

Design Phase (March 2011 - February 2014)
The project started back up in 2011. Additional alternatives were evaluated and the selected improvements presented to the neighborhood at a public meeting held on August 30, 2011.

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.

A public meeting was held on January 29, 2013 to present the preliminary design to the neighborhood and to assist in starting the property easement/acquisition phase of the project.

Permitting Phase (June 2013 - February 2014)
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 (January 2013 - February 2014)
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 (February 2014 - July 2014)
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 (October 2014 - Fall 2016)
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. The construction phase of this project can last from 18 months to 2 years.​

Project Team

Charlie Coley
City Construction Inspector

Tim Canup​
City Construction Manager​

Chad Nussman 
City Project Manager

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


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