Raleigh Stormwater to Reduce Flooding on Swift Drive with $5.6 Million Project

News posted Mar. 29, 2018 - 12:30 pm

The City of Raleigh’s Stormwater Management Division will start construction of its Simmons Branch Drainage Improvement Project – Phase 2 in mid-April. This $5.6 million project includes replacing the 700-foot-long culvert and stabilizing the stormwater channel that carries stormwater runoff through a southwest Raleigh neighborhood and the City’s storm drainage system. The culvert replacement will help residents on Swift Drive and Pineview Drive who experience flooding to their streets, yards, and homes.

The culvert on Swift Drive is more than 70 years old and no longer working properly. It is too small to handle the amount of stormwater runoff that accumulates in the neighborhood, which has resulted in flooding and caused erosion to a nearby stream bank. The new and more sustainable stormwater infrastructure that is being installed is expected to provide more than 100 years of service in this area, which will protect roads and homes from stormwater flows during rain events.

“The City has been planning this project for some time to ensure that the design is efficient, cost-effective, and encompassing of flooding and roadway issues in this neighborhood,” said Veronica High, stormwater infrastructure projects administrator for the City of Raleigh. “We are confident that the final design of this project will offer a lasting solution to the challenges residents have been facing.”

There also will be a series of street, sidewalk, and drainage projects along Swift Drive and Pineview Drive to make the roads safer, improve access to the neighborhood, and reduce the need for ongoing maintenance of the drainage system. The third phase of this project will focus on reconstructing White Oak Lake to provide additional flood relief and improve water quality in this area while lowering construction costs of the Simmons Branch project. This project will start six months after the Simmons Branch project.

Construction on Swift Drive is expected to be complete in spring 2019, weather permitting. To learn more about this project, contact the City of Raleigh Stormwater Management Division at 919-996-3940 or RaleighStormwater@raleighnc.gov.

For more information, contact

  • Kristin Freeman, Stormwater Communications, Engineering Services Department, 919-996-4128
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