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Charleston / Monroe Storm Drainage Improvement Project
The Charleston / Monroe Storm project involves construction of drainage system improvements to reduce street and structure flooding in the vicinity of Charleston Drive and Erinshire Road.  Improvements will also be made at neighboring streets and properties to address flooding, erosion, and standing water.  This project is complete.

Charleston/Monroe project area map.

-  Reduce flooding on Charleston Drive by upgrading underground pipe systems. 
-  Reduce flooding on Erinshire Road by upgrading the roadway culvert. 
-  Install additional inlets and storm drainage infrastructure at Charleston Drive, Albright Avenue, Glendora Drive, and Worcaster Place.
Cost:  $3,100,000
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 Storm Water Services (CSWS) project team will manage the Charleston / Monroe Project 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 (Completed December 2001)
USI and the project team identified areas to be improved in the Charleston / Monroe project area.  Problem areas were identified through a review of citizen calls to 704-336-RAIN and responses to a neighborhood questionnaire.  Potential flooding in additional areas was identified through analyses by USI of the neighborhood drainage system.  USI developed alternative solutions to address the problem areas and alleviate flooding.  A public meeting was held November 29, 2001, at Oakhurst Baptist Church to present the findings of the planning study and to solicit comments from neighborhood property owners. 

Design Phase (Completed July 2004)
The design phase began in the spring of 2002, and has been completed.  Detailed construction drawings for the project were developed, and easement exhibits were prepared for each property directly affected by the proposed improvements.  During this phase, numerous details were addressed, including the final design of the closed (pipe) and open (channel) systems, inlet sizes and locations, utility conflicts, and the acquisition of easements. 
A public meeting was held July 10, 2003, at the Oakhurst Baptist Church to present the proposed plans and to solicit comments from property owners.   

The proposed improvements included upgrading the primary drainage system that extends from the Keffer Dodge dealership on Independence Boulevard to beyond Yardley Place.  The undersized culvert at Erinshire Road and a portion of the downstream channel were also upgraded.  Additional improvements to secondary stream channels and pipe systems will further reduce erosion and the potential for flooding.

Permitting Phase (Completed July 2004)
During the permitting phase, meetings were held with representatives from the NC Division of Environment and Natural Resources and the US Army Corps of Engineers. As per Federal and State regulations, all of the streams in the project area are considered to be wetlands. Water quality permits and certifications were obtained from the appropriate agencies.
Property Easement and Acquisition (Completed November 2004)
The City's real estate staff and contracted real estate agents worked directly with affected citizens to acquire temporary and permanent easements for the project. 

Affected property owners were asked to grant easements to allow the City access to their properties for construction of the improvements and to conduct future maintenance on the drainage systems. 
Bid Phase (Completed November 2004)
During the bid phase, construction plans will be provided to qualified contractors for the preparation of bids.  The City follows North Carolina regulations governing the bidding process, and selects the lowest responsible bidder to construct the project.
Construction Phase (Completed November 2005)
Construction is complete.

Project Team  

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

Gary Stansbury
City Construction Manager