Simmons Branch Drainage Improvement Project - Phase 2
- Storm Drainage System
- $5.6 million
- Stormwater Management (Lead)
- Dewberry (Design)
- Moffat Pipe, Inc. (Construction)
Posted Monday, Sept. 10
Construction for this project is underway. The contractor is in the process of lowering the sanitary sewer pipe in the project area. This should be done this month. Then, the water main on Swift Drive will be lowered to make construction of the stormwater drainage improvements more efficient.
Construction on the stormwater system has not started. The system will still perform as it has in the past. Active construction may not cause additional flooding to the neighborhood. Any flooding over the next few days will likely be caused by the amount of rain from Hurricane Florence.
Once the work site is completely prepared, construction of the stormwater infrastructure will go from Pineview Drive and continue along Swift Drive. This will be completed in February 2019. Sidewalk improvements will be done at the end of the project.
Traffic detours and construction barriers will be put in place around the worksite. Work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. with no work scheduled on the weekend except in an emergency or with prior approval from the City. You will be notified if such schedule changes need to take place.
If you have any questions about upcoming construction, contact David Kiker, PE, at David.Kiker@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-4074.
News Coverage: Crews begin $5.6M project to quell Raleigh neighborhood flooding (WRAL, April 26, 2018)
Several homes are experiencing first floor and garage flooding in the proximity of Pineview Drive and along Swift Drive, which are upstream of Lail Court. In addition, the existing box culvert along Swift Drive is undersized and in need of repair. The purpose of this project is to reduce street flooding on Swift Drive, minimize structural flooding of homes, eliminate channel bank erosion, and lower project costs. The final project will at a minimum meet the 10-year level and in some areas provide up to a 100-year level of service.
The project design includes replacing the 700-foot stormwater box culvert that carries stormwater along Swift Drive and increasing the size of the Pineview Drive culverts and a private driveway bridge at 3605 Swift Drive to reduce flooding to homes that are upstream.
The Stormwater Management Division also received approval to move forward with revised drainage improvements for the White Oak Lake project, which is a separate project that will follow approximately six months behind the construction of Simmons Branch.
Channel stabilization measures have been incorporated into the design to prevent bank erosion and loss of private property due to high velocities of Swift Creek.
|Fall 2013||Phase I completed|
|Winter 2017||Phase II public meeting held & 30% design plan developed|
|Summer 2017||70% design plan, private utility relocation, permit application, easement acquisition, and construction plans complete|
|Fall 2017||Project bid and award complete|
|Spring 2018||Project construction begins|
|Spring 2019||Project construction complete|
Simmons Branch Drainage Improvement Project - Phase II is the second portion of the City of Raleigh’s multi-phased project to reduce flooding along Swift Drive. A final phase will involve retrofit changes to White Oak Lake to further reduce peak flows and flooding experienced in the downstream Simmons Branch watershed.