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Cyrus/Douglas Storm Drainage Improvement Project

The Cyrus/Douglas Storm Drainage Improvement Project will reduce flooding and erosion in the project area.  The project covers approximately 383 acres and is bound to the west by Briar Creek, to the north by Central Avenue, to the east by Eastway Drive, and to the south by Commonwealth Avenue and Pinecrest Avenue.  The project includes stabilization and restoration of two stream channels along the following neighborhood streets: Briar Creek Road, Carolyn Drive, Commonwealth Avenue, Cyrus Drive, Crystal Road, Green Oaks Lane, Patricia Avenue, and Pinecrest Avenue.  The Cyrus/Douglas project is currently in the Warranty Phase.  A general description and range of typical timeframes for project phases is given below. 

Cyrus/Douglas Map


- Channel stabilization along Cyrus Branch to minimize erosion of channel banks and loss of property, and improve downstream water quality.

-Stream restoration and channel stabilization along Douglas Branch to improve water quality, vegetation, and habitat along the stream, re-establish stream alignment and cross section to prevent future property damage, and to protect the stream buffers.

Cost:  $3,500,000
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 managed the Cyrus/Douglas Project through the phases listed below.  A general description and range of typical timeframes for project phases is given below.  Specific work was conducted during each phase while an emphasis was made on public involvement throughout the entire project.

Planning Phase (Completed January 2003)
CMSWS retained the engineering firm of Woolpert, LLP to perform engineering services related to planning.  The project area was surveyed to provide needed data on the drainage infrastructure and then analyzed to determine the existing condition of the system.  The project team identified areas that needed improvement from field reconnaissance, hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, and citizen input through the 704-336-RAIN line and a questionnaire sent to all property owners in the project area.

Design Phase (Completed November 2006)
During the design phase, construction drawings for the alternative selected during the planning phase were developed.  Many details were 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 a project typically lasts 2 to 3 years. 

Permitting Phase (Completed November 2006)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits were 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.

Property Easement/Acquisition (Completed August 2006)
The City's real estate staff worked 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, conservation easements, utility easements, and temporary construction easements were required to access work areas. The bid phase began after all easements were acquired. The easement acquisition phase of a project typically lasts 8 to 12 months.

Bid Phase (Completed February 2007)
During the bid phase, the final plans were 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 4 to 5 months.

Construction Phase (Completed March 2008)
Throughout construction, efforts were made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners.  Construction of proposed improvements were supervised by City inspectors.  Notifications of key construction dates were mailed to residents prior to construction.  Because projects vary in size, the typical construction phase of a project can last from 3 months to over 2 years.

Drought conditions have eased and CMSWS has received approval to continue with plantings for the project.  Representatives from Southern Shade Tree Company will be working in your neighborhood on the landscaping and plantings over the next two months.  The work is anticipated to begin the first week of March.  CMSWS staff and their contractor will need to enter properties to access the landscaping areas in order to complete the plantings.  A representative from CMSWS will contact those property owners to coordinate these efforts.

Questions related to the plantings can be directed to Landscape Management representative, Tom Martin, at 704-336-3981 or trmartin@ci.charlotte.nc.us.  If you have any other questions, please contact the Project Manager.

Project Team

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

Meeting Minutes

May 10, 2005

Press Releases

June 5, 2008