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Phase 2 – Myrtle/Morehead Storm Drainage Improvement Project

Phase I
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 2 includes installing larger drainage pipes.  Streets in Phase 2 include:  Lexington Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Templeton Avenue, Euclid Avenue, Caldwell Street, Cleveland Avenue, Rennselaer Avenue, and Mt. Vernon Avenue.​

- Reduce street flooding at Euclid Avenue, Templeton Avenue, Myrtle Avenue and Lexington Avenue.
- Reduce structure flooding throughout the neighborhood.

Cost:  $11,600,000
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.
Myrtle/Morehead Phase II project area map 
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 (Started March 2011)
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 (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 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 (Started January 2013)
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 (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 (End by Fall 2019)
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 up to 2 years.

Project Team 

​Chad Nussman 
City Project Manager

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


February 2014 
June 2013
February 2013
January 2013
September 2012
May 2012
September 2011
June 2011

Meeting Minutes

January 29, 2013 

August 30, 2011

April 14, 2005