Design Phase (Completed)
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 restoration levels, inlet sizes and locations, utility relocations, and easement locations. The design phase of a project typically lasts 21 to 34 months. This phase was completed in 14 months.
Permitting Phase (Completed)
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 this project overlapped the design phases.
Property Easement/Acquisition (Completed)
The City's real estate staff worked with Mecklenburg County to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs), and Conservation Easements (CEs). The City typically requests that SDEs and CEs be donated to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance. In addition to SDEs, temporary construction easements were needed to access work areas. The easement acquisition phase of a project typically lasts 8 to 12 months.
Bid Phase (Completed)
During the bid phase, the final plans were circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process.