Laurel Hills Road Dam Rehabilitation

Last updated Mar. 19, 2018 - 10:37 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Dam Rehabilitation
  • $1.5-2.5 million
  • Stormwater Management (Lead)
  • Amec Foster Wheeler Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc.

Current Activity

Posted Monday, March 19

Amec Foster Wheeler completed the design plans for this project in November. The construction bid will be awarded this month. Construction is expected to start in the spring with the installation of a new spillway or tunnel for a dam off of Laurel Hills Road, sewer and water main upgrades, and roadway improvements.


The Laurel Hills Road Dam rehabilitation project is necessary since the dam has a history of water overtopping during larger storm events. The dam embankment has already been repaired several times because of erosion during roadway overtopping.

The City and AMEC have been working to incorporate the new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) requirements related to this project and have met with affected residents to discuss the revised project plans.


Preservation of Laurel Hills Lake provides flood control and water quality benefits to the surrounding area and neighborhood. The project will also reduce the potential for downstream erosion and sediment buildup within Crabtree Creek tributary to the Neuse River.


  • *Laurel Hills Road crossing over the top of Laurel Hills Dam Laurel Hills Road crossing over the top of Laurel Hills Dam
  • *Laurel Hills Dam existing inlet spillway structure Laurel Hills Dam existing inlet spillway structure
  • *Laurel Hills Lake Laurel Hills Lake


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Fall 2017Project design complete
Spring 2018Project construction begins
Winter 2019Project construction complete


Laurel Hills Lake is a privately owned lake with Laurel Hills Road crossing over the crest of the dam and partially located within the City of Raleigh's street right-of-way. The dam is classified as a medium, intermediate hazard dam according to North Carolina Dam Safety.

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