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Briar Creek Stream Restoration (Randolph to Providence Roads)

Stream Restoration and Water Quality Enhancement

This section of Briar Creek flows through residential neighborhoods near the Mint Museum and Eastover Park.  Because of pollution, the creek is on the State's list of impaired streams. After delays due to budget issues, this project is active again. 

Project design is underway, updating the previous design plan due to changing conditions. Construction is expected to start in 2015.

This project will restore:

  • 6700 feet of Briar Creek and
  • more than 600 feet of a small tributary flowing into Briar Creek.


  • Improve water quality and aquatic habitat in Briar Creek and the small tributary at the Mint Museum
  • Reduce stream bank erosion by reshaping the banks and adding plants to stabilize the banks
  • Construct a greenway trail from Randolph to Meadowbrook Roads
Briar Creek at Chantilly Park Tributary

This is a water quality and greenway project. The stream restoration is intended to improve the health and appearance of this section of Briar Creek. Restoring the stream will not prevent it from flooding. 

Within the project area, Storm Water Services bought and demolished four houses on Placid Place and the former Dore Academy on Providence Road. This was part of the Floodplain Buyout Program.  

Stream restoration cost:
   $1.5 million (approximate)

Source of funding: 
   Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water fees

Project Schedule (estimated):
   Design: Summer 2014 to summer 2015
       Wildlands Engineering
   Construction: Fall 2015 to Fall 2016

During construction, efforts are taken to minimize disruption to property owners.

Stream restoration project manager:
Brian Sikes
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services

Greenway project manager:
Rodney Fritz
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation