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South Boulevard (Phase II) Storm Drainage Improvement Project
The South Boulevard Phase II Storm Drainage Improvement Project reduces street and potential house flooding.  Affected streets include: Murrayhill Road, Bradbury Drive, Montford Drive and Fairbluff Court.  The proposed improvements include: replacing existing pipes with larger pipes, adding pipes and inlets along roadways, and improving sections of channel.  The project is complete.

Project area map.

- Reduce street flooding at Murrayhill Road, Bradbury Drive, Montford Drive and Fairbluff Court.
- Reduce structure flooding throughout the neighborhood with channel improvements.
Cost:  $4,300,000
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 South Boulevard 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 2003)
City staff worked with CH2M Hill (CH2M) to plan the improvements in the Murrayhill Road area.  These plans were based on citizen calls to 704-336-RAIN, responses to the neighborhood questionnaire and results of the storm event models performed by CH2M. 

The consultant has analyzed the problems and proposed several alternative solutions of which CMSWS determined the final alternatives for the project.   A public meeting was held on December 19, 2002 at the Alexander Graham Middle School to present the findings of the planning study to the neighborhood and gather citizen input. 

Design Phase (Completed August 2005)
Detailed construction drawings and exhibits will be prepared for every property that is affected by improvements.  During this phase, many details must be 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 widths and locations. 

A public meeting was held on June 22, 2004 at the Fairbluff Bible Chapel to present the preliminary design to the neighborhood and to assist in starting the property easement/acquisition phase of the project.

Permitting Phase (Completed August 2005)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits and certifications will be obtained from Federal and State agencies.  Permit applications will be prepared and meetings will be conducted with the NC Division of Environment and Natural Resources and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Property Easement/Acquisition Phase (Completed August 2005)
The City's real estate staff works 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 will begin after all easements are acquired.

Bid Phase (Completed December 2005)
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.

Construction Phase (Completed December 2007)
CMSWS and its contractor have completed construction for the project. A field walk was conducted with the contractor on December 20th to determine construction items that may be outstanding and/or incomplete (called a 'punch list'). The contractor will be on the project site in February and March to complete these punch list items. When these items are complete, CMSWS will send out another mailer asking residents for items that may have been missed. The contractor will also do some plantings of live stakes along the channel, but only plantings along the channel that are necessary to help stabilize the channel banks. Remaining plantings will remain on hold due to the drought until more favorable conditions become available.

Drought conditions have eased and CMSWS has received approval to continue with plantings for the project.  Representatives from Southern Shade Tree Company will be working in your neighborhood on the landscaping and plantings over the next two months.  The work is anticipated to begin the first week of March.  CMSWS staff and their contractor will need to enter properties to access the landscaping areas in order to complete the plantings.  A representative from CMSWS will contact those property owners to coordinate these efforts.

Questions related to the plantings can be directed to Landscape Management representative, Tom Martin, at 704-336-3981 or trmartin@ci.charlotte.nc.us.  If you have any other questions, please contact the Project Manager.

Project Team 
Doug Lozner, P.E.
City Project Manager

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

Gary Stansbury
City Construction Manager