Feasibility/Planning Phase (Began November 2013)
Design Phase (Completed 2013)
The engineering consultant is working closely with Storm Water Services to develop and finalize the design and the construction plans. Personnel from City of Charlotte, the engineering consultant, land surveyors, wetland specialists, and geotechnical engineers will be working in the area collecting information necessary to complete the design.
Permitting Phase (TBD)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments. Other permits such as permission to work within CMU rights-of-way will be obtained during this phase. The permitting phase of a project may overlap other phases.
Property Easement/Acquisition (Began 2013)
The City works with citizens and businesses to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs) and Temporary Construction Easements (TCEs). The City requests that SDEs and TCEs be donated to provide access to the affected properties to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance. The affected property owners provided the essential easements.
Bid Phase (Began October 2013)
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 (May 2014)
Throughout construction, efforts will be made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners. Construction of proposed improvements will be supervised by a City Inspector. Notifications of key construction dates and will be mailed to residents prior to construction. There are two noticeable phases on projects like this one: major construction and revegetation. The major construction work will be completed in the first six to nine months, weather permitting. Major construction involves earth work, concrete work, culvert installation, roadway repaving and other activities typically associated with a construction project. After the major construction is complete, the revegetation phase will begin. This phase takes a couple growing seasons and is susceptible to things like drought.