Lake Wheeler Road Culvert Replacement

Last updated May 13, 2019 - 3:31 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Stormwater Pipe Replacement
  • $326,015
  • Stormwater Management (Lead)
  • WK Dickson, Inc. (Design)
  • Carolina Civilworks, Inc. (Construction)

Current Activity

Posted Monday, May 13

Lake Wheeler Road reopened on May 13. The road was closed for construction on April 15 while we repaired a sinkhole and replaced the stormwater pipe that runs underneath the road (between Maywood Avenue and Centennial Parkway). Construction finished four to eight weeks ahead of schedule. Crews worked diligently over the last month to replace the pipe. The initial construction schedule was put in place to account for construction delays and inclement weather.

During construction, the contractor:

  • Prepared the worksite for major construction;
  • Removed the old pipe;
  • Relocated private utilities;
  • Installed the new pipe. This was done in three 40-foot segments, which reduced installation time; and,
  • Rebuilt the road.
The new pipe is designed to last 70 years and restores the stormwater drainage system in this area.
Questions? Contact Veronica High, PE, at 919-996-4018.


During an inspection in November 2018, we noticed that the 70-year-old stormwater pipe under Lake Wheeler Road was beginning to fail causing a sinkhole at the intersection. Initially, we planned to repair the pipe. Now it will be replaced (planning for the replacement adjusted the construction timeframe). The pipe size will stay the same, but will be made out of aluminum, which is more resistant to corrosion.


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  • Lake Wheeler Culvert Sinkhole


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Fall 2018Project design started
Late Fall 2018Project design complete
Early Spring 2019Open house held
Spring 2019Construction phase complete


This stormwater pipe was initially repaired eight years ago. The upcoming project will provide a more permanent solution.

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