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Magnolia/Kirkwood (Phase V) Storm Drainage Improvement Project
The Magnolia/Kirkwood Storm Drainage Improvement Project reduces house flooding along Kirkwood Avenue and street flooding on Tremont Avenue.  Phase V has been completed.

Phase IV
Phase V

Project area map.


  -  Phase V - replace the culverts at Cumberland Avenue, Ideal Way, McDonald Avenue; replace the Tremont pipe system; and stream restoration

Cost:  $7,800,000
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with all phases of the project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, permits and landscaping.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team will manage the Magnolia / Kirkwood 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 October 2000)
City staff worked with W.K. Dickson to plan the improvements in the Magnolia / Kirkwood Area.  These plans were based on citizen calls to 704-336-RAIN and responses to the neighborhood questionnaire.  The consultant analyzed the problems and proposed solutions.  CMSWS determined which areas needed repairs and has preliminarily sized the new systems.

Design Phase (Completed July 2003)
Detailed construction drawings and exhibits were finalized for every property that was affected by improvements.  During this phase, many details were addressed including the determination of specific pipe sizes and alignments, stream widths and lining types, inlet sizes and locations, utility relocations, tree removal and easement locations. 

Permitting Phase (Completed July 2003)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality and sediment and erosion control permits and certifications were obtained from Federal and State agencies.  According to Federal and State regulations, all of the small streams in the project area are considered wetlands.  Permit applications were approved by the NC Division of Environment and Natural Resources and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Property Easement/Acquisition (Completed September 2004)
The City's real estate staff worked directly with affected citizens to acquire Permanent Storm Drainage Easements (PSDEs).  The City requested that affected property owners grant PSDEs to provide the City access to their property to perform needed improvements and future maintenance. 
The project schedule for this phase depended almost entirely on the responsiveness of property owners.  Timely responses from citizens and donations of PSDEs expedited the repairs.  The bid phase began after all easements were acquired.

Bid Phase (Completed March 2004)
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.
Construction Phase (Completed September 2005)
Construction of Phase V began in the Spring of 2004 and was completed in September 2005. Tree seedlings will be planted along Sedgefield and Dairy Branch this winter (2005 & beginning of 2006).

Project Team
Jennifer Barker, P.E.

City Project Manager

Gary Stansbury
City Construction Manager

Doug Lozner, P.E.
City Watershed Area Manager

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