Simmons Branch Drainage Improvement Project - Phase 2

Last updated Jan. 04, 2018 - 10:28 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Storm Drainage System
  • $5.6 million
  • Stormwater Management (Lead)
  • Dewberry (Design)
  • Moffat Pipe, Inc. (Construction)

Current Activity

Posted Thursday, Jan. 4

The Stormwater Management Division has received approval to move forward with revised drainage improvements for both the Simmons Branch Phase II and the White Oak Lake project, which is a separate project that will follow approximately six months behind the construction of Simmons Branch. The reconstructed White Oak Lake will enhance the lake to reduce downstream flooding and meet infrastructure needs for the Simmons Branch Phase II project.

The revised project design for Simmons Branch Phase II includes replacing the current 700-foot concrete box culvert, which is located in the center of the project, and increasing the size of the Pineview Drive culverts and a private driveway bridge at 3605 Swift Drive to significantly reduce flooding to homes that are upstream.

The project was bid for construction in November and Raleigh City Council awarded the construction contract to Moffat Pipe, Inc. on January 2. Private utility relocation for the project is complete and all environmental permits have been received. Construction is expected to begin in February after the construction contract process is complete.


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 flood events smaller than a 10-year flood. 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.


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.


  • Erosion
  • Swift Drive in Vicinity of Eakley Court
  • Downstream Outlet of Pineview Drive
  • Pineview Drive Roadway Crossing


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Fall 2013Phase I completed
Winter 2017Phase II public meeting held & 30% design plan developed
Summer 201770% design plan, private utility relocation, permit application, easement acquisition, and construction plans complete
Fall 2017Project bid and award complete
Winter 2018Project construction begins
Winter 2019Project 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.

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