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First Ward Storm Drainage Improvement Project
The First Ward Storm Drainage Improvement Project (SDIP) will improve the storm drainage infrastructure within the project area.  Originally, the First Ward SDIP limits consisted of the main storm water system that starts at the intersection of East 8th Street and North Caldwell Street and discharges into a channel near the intersection of North McDowell Street and East 6th Street.  The planning phase of the project concluded with the recommendation to reduce the project scope to the main storm water system that starts on North Davidson at the First Ward Place Apartments driveway, continuing through the apartment complex, and ending at the intersection of North Alexander Street and Parkside Terrace Lane. 


- Address structural deficiencies within the project area.

Cost:  $2,500,000
Please note that this figure will include all costs associated with this project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, necessary permitting and landscaping.
First Ward Storm Drainage Improvement Project

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team will manage First Ward SDIP through the phases listed below. A general description and range of typical timeframes for project phases is given below. Specific work is conducted during each phase while an emphasis is made on public involvement throughout the entire project.  Public meetings will be held throughout the project with the affected property owners to present the planning and design information and receive input.

Planning Phase (August 2011 – September 2012)
During the planning phase, citizen and public meetings are used to obtain input from property owners and residents. Several improvement alternatives are developed and evaluated to determine the best solution. A recommended alternative is presented to the public for comment at the end of the planning phase.

Design Phase (October 2012 - July 2014)
During the design phase, construction drawings are developed for the alternative selected during the planning phase. Many details must be addressed including the determination of storm drainage pipe sizes and alignments, utility relocations, easement locations, and traffic control logistics. The design phase of a project typically lasts 21 to 34 months.  Due to an accelerated schedule on this project we expect the design phase to last 12 to 24 months.

Permitting Phase (December 2013 - April 2014)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments. Other permits such as permission to work within railroad and NCDOT rights-of-way may also be obtained during this phase if necessary. The permitting phase of a project typically lasts 3 to 9 months; however, it may overlap other phases.

Property Easement/Acquisition (Completed February 2014)
The City's real estate staff works with citizens and businesses to acquire either Conservation Easements or Storm Drainage Easements. In addition, temporary construction easements may also be needed to access work areas. The City requests that easements be donated to provide access to your property to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance. The easement acquisition phase of a project typically lasts 8 to 12 months.

Bid Phase (Completed January 2015) 
The project was advertised for bids on October 14th, 2014.  During the bid phase, the final plans are circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process. The bid opening occurred at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center on November 6th, 2014, and the bids are currently being reviewed by the City.  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 (June 2015 – Ending Third Quarter of 2016)
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 will be 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.​

Project Team
John Keene, P.E. 
City Project Manager

Doug Lozner, P.E.
Watershed Area Manager
Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager

Jimmy Knight
City Construction Inspector

Jamie Collins
City Construction Supervisor


May ​2015  
August 2012
April 2012
December 2011
August 2011