White Oak Lake Reconstruction Project

Last updated Jan. 15, 2019 - 12:17 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Storm Drainage System / Dam Retrofit
  • $3 million
  • Stormwater Management (Lead)
  • Dewberry (Design)

Current Activity

Posted Tuesday, Jan. 15

The design plans for this project are complete. We also received all required environmental permits from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (NCDENR), and North Carolina Dam Safety. 

We are coordinating easements with property owners that are required to construct and maintain the project. The project also will be bid for construction in the spring (instead of early this year like originally planned). This includes:

  • Publicly advertising the project for construction;
  • Identifying the contractor with the lowest bid to make sure that the project is within budget;
  • Entering into an agreement with the selected contractor after the bid is approved by Raleigh City Council; and,
  • Finalizing a construction contract before work can begin.

This process typically takes about four months. We may have to re-bid the project if less than three contractors submit a bid or the bids are over budget.

A friendly reminder that the construction start date shifted slightly to avoid starting major construction (i.e. removing water from the lake) during the winter.

Learn more about the upcoming construction schedule at an open house on Jan. 22. 


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.


White Oak Lake


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
Fall 2018Project design, private utility relocation, permitting complete
Winter 2019Easement acquisition process complete
Spring/Summer 2019Project construction begins
Fall 2020Project 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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