Laurel Hills Road Dam Rehabilitation

Last updated Jan. 17, 2019 - 4:44 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Dam Rehabilitation
  • $1.5-2.5 million
  • Stormwater Management (Lead)
  • Amec Foster Wheeler Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc. (Design)
  • DLB Enterprises, LLC (Construction)

Current Activity

Posted Thursday, Jan. 17

Construction for this project is underway. Work will include installing a new spillway for the dam, upgrading the sanitary sewer and water mains, and making roadway improvements. 

Crews installed steel support beams, or H-piles, for the riser of the dam which is used to draw down and manage water levels. This addressed the unexpected soil conditions found during construction. Now, the contractor is building the concrete box culvert for the dam. The culvert allows water to flow from the lake through the stormwater drainage system. 

Learn more about the status of this project at an open house on Jan. 31.

Laurel Hills Road between Laurel Ridge Drive and Rhododendron Drive will be closed during construction. Please continue to follow the detour that is in place for this project

For your safety, please do not enter the construction area. Work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with no work scheduled on the weekend except in an emergency or with prior approval from the City.

If you have any questions about upcoming construction, contact Carrie Mitchell, PE at 919-996-4068.


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 Dam under construction
  • Laurel Hills Lake drained
  • Laurel Hills Dam existing inlet spillway structure
  • Laurel Hills Lake


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Fall 2017Project design complete
Summer 2018Project construction begins
Summer 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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