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Celia Avenue Storm Drainage Improvement Project
The Celia Avenue Storm Drainage Improvement Project (SDIP) includes improvements to one culvert under Celia Avenue and the Celia Avenue drainage system.  This work will be limited to Celia Avenue.  This project is currently in the Bid Phase.


  • Improve storm drainage system on Celia Avenue to reduce street, property and structure flooding.

Cost:  $1,500,000
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, real estate expenses, construction, permits and landscaping.
 Celia Ave. project area.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team will manage the Celia Avenue SDIP through the phases listed below.  Specific work is conducted during each phase while an emphasis is made on public involvement throughout the entire project.

Planning Phase (June 2011 - March 2012)
During the planning phase, questionnaires and other correspondences with the property owners/residents (i.e., emails, phone calls, meetings) were used to obtain input from property owners. The recommended alternative was presented to the public at a public meeting held on November 13, 2012.​  

Property Easement/Acquisition (Phase I: September 2012 - July 2013; Phase II April 2013 - April 2014)
The City's real estate staff works with citizens and businesses to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs).  The City requests that SDEs be donated to provide access to your property to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance.  In addition to SDEs, right-of-way and temporary construction easements are needed to relocate Celia Avenue and access work areas.  The bid phase will begin after all easements are acquired.  The easement acquisition phase of a project typically lasts 12 to 15 months.

Design Phase (Completed September 2014)
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 lining types, inlet sizes and locations, utility relocations, and easement locations.  The design phase of this project will last 22 to 25 months.

Permitting Phase (Completed June 2014)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments.  The permitting phase of a project typically lasts 3 to 9 months.  The permitting phase of a project may overlap other phases. 

Bid Phase (Started September 2014)
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 (Completed July 2015​​)
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 and will be mailed to residents prior to construction. The construction phase of this project will last 6 to 9 months.

Project Team

Jennifer Barker, P.E.
City Project Manager

Doug Lozner, P.E.
Watershed Area Manager

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


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