White Oak Lake Reconstruction Project

Last updated Nov. 09, 2018 - 11:49 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Storm Drainage System / Dam Retrofit
  • $3 million
  • Stormwater Management (Lead)
  • Dewberry (Design)

Current Activity

Posted Friday, Nov. 9

Dewberry is completing the design plans for this project, which were shared with residents during a public meeting in March and with North Carolina Dam Safety in April. The final design plans should be finished this month.

View the public meeting presentation

Environmental permits for the project were approved by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (NCDENR). Final approval from North Carolina Dam Safety is expected this month.

Also, design plans were submitted to the City's Development Services Department for review to make sure the design meets current standards.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2019 rather than this fall to avoid starting major construction (i.e. removing water from the lake) during the winter.


White Oak Lake is a privately owned lake that provides little reduction to peak flows for the downstream Simmons Branch watershed. However, retrofit improvements to increase the lake’s ability to store stormwater runoff will reduce flooding in the downstream watershed that currently experiences fairly frequent flooding of roads, yards, garages, crawl spaces, and HVAC units.


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Spring 2017Stormwater models finalized, 70 percent of the project design plan developed, and environmental permits submitted
Fall 2017Recommended design alternative presented
Fall 2018Project design, private utility relocation, permitting, and easement acquisition complete
Winter 2019Project construction begins
Winter 2020Project construction complete


The White Oak Lake drainage improvements are the last part of a multi-phased project that will reduce flooding in the Simmons Branch watershed. Other projects included culvert improvements at Ravenwood Drive, Kaplan Drive, Lail Court, Swift Drive, and the Simmons Branch Drainage Improvement Project - Phase II.

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