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Peterson Drive Storm Drainage Improvement Project


The Peterson Drive Storm Drainage Improvement Project will reduce flooding of streets and properties by improving roadway crossings, pipe systems, and stream channels. Stream banks will be stabilized to minimize erosion through improvements to the channel shape and through the use of selected plantings.

- Reduce flooding at Heriot Ave., Sarah Drive, and Stuart Andrew Boulevard and nearby properties by upgrading roadway crossings, underground pipe systems and channels.
- Minimize erosion along the receiving stream by improving the channel cross-section and alignment.
Project area map.

Estimated Cost: $ 5,200,000
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 will manage the Peterson Project through the phases listed below.

Design Phase (May 2009 - Winter 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 a project typically lasts 21 to 34 months.

Real Estate Phase - Property Easement/Acquisition (September 2011 - September 2013)
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, temporary construction easements may be needed to access work areas. Currently the real estate phase has been completed and the final design plans are being completed for the Peterson Drive Storm Drainage Improvement Project. The project should be ready for the bid phase in the fall/winter of 2014.

Permitting Phase (September 2011 - Fall 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 will be obtained during this phase. 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 January 2015)
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 (Estimated to end by Fall 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 and will be mailed to residents prior to construction.  Due to the size of this project, the construction phase can last from 12 to 24​ months​. 

Project Team 

Brant Smiley
City Project Manager

Amy Bice, E.I.
Watershed Area Manager

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


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