The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team will manage Trade Street Drainage 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. Public meetings with the affected property owners will be held in coordination with the Streetcar Starter Project and the Brevard Street Improvement Project throughout the project to present the planning and design information and receive input. Planning Phase (February 2011 - September 2011)
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. The planning phase duration for this project will be coordinated with the schedules and needs of the Streetcar Starter Project and the Brevard Street Improvements. Design Phase (October 2011 - September 2012)
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. The design phase for this project will be coordinated with the schedules and needs of the Streetcar Starter Project and the Brevard Street Improvements. Permitting Phase (February 2012 – July 2012)
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 (March 2012 – October 2012)
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 (July 2012 – December 2012)
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 (January 2013 - TBD)
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. Because projects vary in size, the typical construction phase of a project can last from 3 months to over 2 years.Project Team Kate Labadorf, P.E.
City Project Manager
Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager