White Oak Lake Reconstruction Project

Last updated Jun. 13, 2018 - 1:06 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Storm Drainage System / Dam Retrofit
  • $3 million
  • Stormwater Management (Lead)
  • Dewberry (Design)

Current Activity

Posted Wednesday, June 13

Dewberry is completing the final design plans for this project, which were shared with residents during a public meeting in March and North Carolina Dam Safety in April.

View the public meeting presentation

Dewberry also has coordinated with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (NCDENR), and North Carolina Dam Safety who will oversee the environmental permits for the project. Comments from N.C. Dam Safety are anticipated to be received in mid-June. Also, design plans are expected to be submitted in July to the City's Development Services Department for review to make sure the design meets current standards.

From April to August, private utilities will be relocated, remaining environmental permits will be received, easements for the project will be acquired, and the design plans will be completed. Construction is expected to begin in late fall after a contractor has been selected for the project.


White Oak Lake is a privately owned lake that provides little reduction to peak flows for the downstream Simmons Branch watershed. However, retrofit improvements to increase the lake’s ability to store stormwater runoff will reduce flooding in the downstream watershed that currently experiences fairly frequent flooding of roads, yards, garages, crawl spaces, and HVAC units.


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Spring 2017Stormwater models finalized, 70 percent of the project design plan developed, and environmental permits submitted
Fall 2017Recommended design alternative presented
Summer 2018Project design, private utility relocation, permitting, and easement acquisition complete
Fall 2018Project construction begins
Fall 2019Project construction complete


The White Oak Lake drainage improvements are the last part of a multi-phased project that will reduce flooding in the Simmons Branch watershed. Other projects included culvert improvements at Ravenwood Drive, Kaplan Drive, Lail Court, Swift Drive, and the Simmons Branch Drainage Improvement Project - Phase II.

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