Sawmill Road Stream Stabilization

Last updated Aug. 17, 2018 - 5:30 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Stream Restoration
  • $500,000 (estimated)
  • Stormwater Management (Lead)
  • AECOM - Design Consultant

Current Activity

Posted Friday, August 17

The City is finalizing the permit process required to start construction for this project. Once all permits are in place, the project will be bid for construction in the fall. 


The goal of the project is to improve this area's watershed by repairing and stabilizing eroded creek banks, which improves water quality, wildlife habitat, and enhance community aesthetics.

The project involves re-establishing and stabilizing more than 1,000 feet of an unnamed stream to Mine Creek that flows south beneath Sawmill Road in north Raleigh. This work includes temporarily closing a City greenway, removing trees (to provide sunlight and a clear work space), installing erosion control measures, grading severely eroded creek banks, installing grade control (natural stone) structures, planting native plants (trees, shrubs, and plugs), and reseeding.


Sawmill Road Creek


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Fall 2018Project bid complete
Winter 2019Project construction begins
Summer 2018Project construction complete


This undeveloped City parcel located south of Sawmill Road was identified for a stream stabilization several years ago. A previous property owner built an earthen dam, which failed altering the natural flow of the stream. Now, the City plans to re-establish the natural flow and stabilize the stream banks. This will improve the overall water quality of this watershed within the Crabtree Creek Basin by stabilizing severely eroded stream banks and improving wildlife habitat that has been impacted by water pollution.

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