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Sugar Creek West Storm Drainage Improvement Project

(also known as Lynx BLUE – Raleigh / Greensboro St Drainage)

The Sugar Creek West project involves analysis of existing conditions to determine portions of the storm drainage system needing improvement, planning analysis of improvement alternatives, and design and construction of needed improvements.  The Sugar Creek West Storm Drainage Improvement Project is bordered to the north by Little Sugar Creek, to the east by East Sugar Creek Road, to the south by Davidson Street and to the West by Craighead Road.  This project is within a drainage area of approximately 85 acres and the improvements may include culvert replacements, pipe system upgrades and channel improvements. ​​

Sugar Creek West Storm Drainage Improvement Project

- Coordinate with the CATS Blue Line Extension Project to address drainage issues.

Cost:  $4,700,000
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.

Planning Phase (Completed March 2014)
During the planning phase, improvement alternatives are developed and evaluated to determine the best solution. A recommended alternative is presented at the end of the planning phase. The planning phase of a project typically lasts 12 to 27 months.  

Design Phase (Completed February 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 ​(Completed November 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 (Completed March 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 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 (Completed May 2015)
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 Summer 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 a project can last from 18 to 24 months.​  The construction phase for this project is expected to last 4 to 12 months.

Project Team

Kate Labadorf, P.E.
City Project Manager
Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager