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Rutledge / Kingscross Storm Drainage Improvement Project
The Rutledge / Kingscross Storm Drainage Improvement Project includes:  identifying flooding problems, analyzing alternatives, and designing and constructing improvements.  Problems include house flooding and street flooding.  The proposed improvements include:  replacing existing pipes with larger pipes, adding pipes and inlets along roadways, and improving sections of channel.

Project area map.

Objectives:
  
- Reduce house flooding on Rutledge Avenue and Kingscross Drive and street flooding on Sharon Amity, Beckham Court, and Cavendish Court.
- Improve channel conditions by removing blockages and reducing erosion.
 
Cost:  $5,600,000
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 Rutledge/Kingscross 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 February 2002)
City staff worked with Armstrong Glen to plan the improvements in the Rutledge/Kingscross 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.  CSWS has determined which areas need repairs and has preliminarily sized the new systems.  Two separate public meetings were held at Trinity Presbyterian on November 15, 2001 and May 20, 2003 to discuss these plans and to answer any questions the homeowners may have had.

Design Phase (Completed April 2004)
During the design phase, the consultant prepares construction plans showing final pipe alignments and sizes, channel improvements, erosion control procedures and traffic control methods.  A second public meeting was conducted at Trinity Presbyterian Church on May 20, 2003, with approximately 75% of the design phase complete, in order to give citizens the opportunity to view the plans and discuss them with the city design team.  This meeting also marked the beginning of the real estate acquisition process and exhibits showed work proposed on private property.  Comments from this meeting and from the easement acquisition process will be incorporated into the final construction documents. 

Permitting Phase  (Completed August 2004)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits and certifications will be obtained from Federal and State agencies.  According to Federal and State regulations, all of the small streams in the project area are regulated.  Permit applications were prepared and meetings were conducted with the NC Division of Environment and Natural Resources and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Property Easement/ Acquisition (Completed April 2005)
The easement acquisition is currently underway.  The City's real estate staff worked directly with affected citizens to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs).  The City requests that affected property owners grant SDEs to provide the City access to their property to perform needed improvements and future maintenance.  The project schedule for this phase depends almost entirely on the responsiveness of property owners.  Timely responses from citizens and donations of SDEs will expedite the repairs.  The bid phase was begun while a few easements remained in negotiations.

Bid Phase (Completed November 2004)
During the bid phase, the final plans were circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process. Bids were received and opened on September 30, 2004. By state law, the lowest responsible bidder (Sealand Contractors of Charlotte, NC) was awarded the contract on November 8, 2004.
 
Construction Phase (Completed December 2006)
Construction was complete in December 2006, with punch list items addressed until March 2007.

Project Team
 
Chad Nussman
City Project Manager
704-336-5676

Gary Stansbury
City Construction Manager
704-336-2667
 

Amy Bice, E.I.
Watershed Area Manager
704-432-0965

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