Dorothea Drive Culvert Replacement

Last updated Sep. 25, 2019 - 9:48 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Culvert Replacement
  • $693,000
  • Stormwater Management (Lead)
  • WK Dickson

Current Activity

Posted Wednesday, Sept. 25

We are working on repairing a small sinkhole and stormwater pipe on Dorothea Drive (between S. Saunders St. and Florence St.). The road will be closed until the project is complete. 

Right now, we are finalizing the construction contract. This has taken longer than expected because of a recent legislation change in North Carolina. Construction is now going to start in late fall (rather than spring of this year). This also changes when the project will be finished (now Spring 2020). Thank you for your patience. 

Please Note - 

  • Residents still have driveway access during the road closure; 
  • Access from S. Saunders St. is limited to the east side of the pipe; and, 
  • You can access the road from Florence St. 

Questions? Contact Todd Rall at 919-996-4006.


The intent of this project is to replace the culvert that runs under Dorothea Drive with a new, updated stormwater structure that will allow the stream to flow better and reduce localized flooding of the area. The project also will address and eliminate existing public utility concerns and allow this section of Dorothea Drive to meet current City street and sidewalk design standards.


Dorothea Drive Culvert


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Fall 2018Project design complete
Fall 2018Easement acquisition and permitting process complete
Late Fall 2018Project bid for construction
Early Spring 2019Open house held
Late Fall 2019Project construction begins
Spring 2020Project construction complete


Initially, repairs were made to the existing box culvert after City staff found sink holes at several locations along the culvert. It was determined after the repairs were made and the structure was further assessed that the culvert presents significant structural concerns and needs to be replaced. 

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