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Provincetowne/Williamsburg/Colony Woods Storm Drainage Improvement Project
The Provincetowne/Williamsburg/Colony Woods Storm Drainage Improvement Project will reduce road flooding, standing water and deteriorating drainage systems in the neighborhoods of Provincetowne, Williamsburg, and Colony Woods off of Ballantyne Commons Parkway.  Major improvements will be accomplished through the installation of underground piping systems and storm water infrastructure.  The project is complete.
 
An assessment for the cost of a curb and gutter upgrade in the Williamsburg neighborhood will be going through a City Council approval process in November and December 2006.  Mailers will be sent to affected property owners that provide details on this process.
 
View the December 2004 Provincetowne Newsletter

Project area map.
Objectives:
 
-  Reduce street flooding in the Provincetowne, Williamsburg and Colony Woods neighborhoods. 
-  Upgrade storm drainage system to meet City standards.
 
Cost:  $7,700,000
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 Provincetowne/Williamsburg/Colony Woods 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 March 1999)
The project team identified areas to be improved in the Provincetowne/Williamsburg/Colony Woods neighborhoods.  These improvement areas were identified from citizen calls to 704-336-RAIN and responses to the neighborhood questionnaire.  A public meeting was held and input from the citizens was received.  The City's engineering consultant analyzed the problems and proposed solutions. 

CSWS determined which areas need repairs and has preliminarily sized the new systems.  During this time, a petition for curb and gutter was circulated through the three neighborhoods at the property owner's request.  The Williamsburg neighborhood received enough signatures to be considered by City Council for a special assessment. 
 
City Council approved an assessment resolution directing CSWS to design and construct curb improvements with the cost to be assessed to the Williamsburg property owners once construction is complete.  A petition assessment is not a typical phase of a storm drainage project, and it added approximately 15 months to the project schedule.

Design Phase (Completed October 2002)
The Design Phase started in 1999.  Detailed construction drawings and exhibits have been prepared for every property that is 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 December 2002)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality 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 were considered wetlands or waters of the U.S. regulated under the Federal Clean Water Act.  Permit applications were prepared and meetings conducted with the NC Division of Environment and Natural Resources and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Property Easement/ Acquisition (Completed April 2003)
The City's real estate staff worked directly with affected citizens to acquire the necessary Temporary Construction Easements (TCEs) and Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs).  The City requested that affected property owners grant TCEs and SDEs to provide the City access to their property to perform needed improvements and future maintenance.

Bid Phase (Completed July 2003)
During the bid phase, the final plans were circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process.  By state law, the lowest responsible bidder was awarded the construction contract.  Bids were opened on June 6, 2003, and the selected bid was considered by Charlotte City Council on June 23 and June 30.  The contractor selected by the bid process failed to meet all of the administrative requirements of the City's Small Business Opportunity Program.  As a result, the construction contract was re-bid.  New bids were opened on July 29, 2003 and the apparent low bid was considered for approval by City Council on August 25, 2003.

Construction Phase (Completed December 2005)
Construction began in September 2003 and was completed in December 2005.  This project is currently in a warranty period.  The final punch list items for minor repairs will be addressed in November and December 2006.


Williamsburg Curb and Gutter Assessment (Completed)
In 1999, Charlotte City Council approved a petition from property owners in the Williamsburg Neighborhood to assess the properties in this neighborhood the cost to upgrade proposed City-funded improvements to include curb and gutter.   The assessment was approved by Charlotte City Council in January 2007.  The City's finance office is administering the billing for the assessment.  The contact person is Bob Coffin at 704-336-5112.

Project Team

Gary Stansbury
City Construction Manager
704-336-2667

Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager
704-336-6183