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Water Oak Storm Drainage Improvement Project
​The Water Oak SDIP is located to the east of the intersection of Randolph Road and Sharon Amity Road, and is roughly bounded by Addison Drive, Whitby Lane, and Sir Winston’s Place to the west, Stafford Circle to the south, Emory Lane and Walker Road to the east and Hartness Avenue to the north. This project area is within a drainage area of approximately 115 acres and the improvements may include culvert replacements, pipe system upgrades and channel improvements.

Estimated Cost: $7,400,000
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 Water Oak Project through the phases listed below.
Water Oak Project Area Map 

Planning Phase (February 2012- January 2014)
During the planning phase, the existing conditions are assessed, beginning with aerial and ground survey. After existing conditions are evaluated, a public meeting is held to check our findings against the experience of residents. Several improvement concepts (alternatives) are then developed and evaluated to determine the best solution. A recommended alternative is selected and used as a guide for the design, and this is shared with the residents in another public meeting.

Design Phase (Began April 2014)
The engineering consultant works closely with Storm Water Services to develop the design. Personnel from City of Charlotte, the engineering consultant, land surveyors, wetland specialists, and geotechnical engineers work in the area collecting information necessary to complete the design.

Permitting Phase (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 CMU rights-of-way will be obtained during this phase. The permitting phase of a project may overlap other phases. Permitting phase typically lasts 3-9 months. 

Property Easement/Acquisition (TBD)
The City works with citizens and organizations to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs), Access Easements (AEs) and Temporary Construction Easements (TCEs). The City requests that SDEs, AEs, and TCEs be donated to provide the City access and certain rights to the affected properties to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance. The essential easements have been donated, but the City is still working with the property owners related to design specific issues.

Bid Phase (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 Spring 2020​)
Throughout construction, efforts will be made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners. Construction of proposed improvements will be supervised by a City Inspector. Notifications of key construction dates and will be mailed to residents prior to construction. Construction involves earth work, concrete work, and other activities typically associated with a construction project.

Project Team:

Adrian Cardenas, P.E.
Project Manager

Doug Lozner, P.E. 
Watershed Area Manager

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


Dece​mber 2015  
August 2​015
Apri​l 2015   
December 2014  
August 2014   
Ap​ril 2014 
December 2013  
December 2013 Public Meeting   ​
October 2013   
June 2013   
February 2013   
January 2013   
November 2012   
July 2012

Meeting Minutes

December 5, 2013

Recommended Alternative Improvements Presentation 

January 24, 2013 
        Existing Conditions Analysis PowerPoint Presentation
        Citizen Reported Drainage Issues Map