Engineering & Project Management


The ultimate challenge of this division's work is not to merely build projects but to build communities. The Engineering Services Division manages its work through the following programs. ​

Tonia Wimberly, PE 
Construction Program Manager

This team oversees projects during the construction phase, ensuring project safety, proper traffic control phasing and adherence to plans and specifications. The construction staff is responsible for construction costs, schedule and quality.

​During construction, our goal is to minimize impact on citizens and businesses. An inspector and construction manager monitor the project’s progress each day and are available to answer questions and assist you with construction issues.  View construction FAQs.

David Wolfe, PE, ENV SP

Environmental Program Manager

This team supports the environmental expenses incurred by the City due to the ownership of buildings and property. Projects supported include the management of former City landfills, asbestos-in-buildings surveys, Phase l property audits, environmental site assessments to support economic development projects, rapid response to discovered environmental contamination, state/federal EPA reporting obligations, and the remediation of contaminated properties. ​​Learn more about General Services' environmental program.

Becky Chambers, PE
In-House Planning and Design Program Manager

This group plans, designs and manages various transportation projects throughout Charlotte, such as bridge replacement, pedestrian safety, sidewalk gaps and ramps, CATS bus stops, corridor improvements, quality assurance, feasibility studies and concept plans and cost estimates for unfunded projects.

​Samantha Miller, PE

CNIP Program Manager

​The Comprehensive Neighborhood Improvement Program (CNIP) is intended to address significant infrastructure deficiencies within established neighborhoods. 

CNIP's primary goals

  • Better multi-modal connections between neighborhoods, community assets, and major employment, institutional, and retail areas 

  • Easy accessibility to transit and the larger regional network of streets

  • Successful public/private partnerships that leverage investments and catalyze changes occurring in neighborhoods

  • Enhanced engagement with residents in determining which investments meet our collective aspirations

Dan Leaver, PE, Assoc. DBIA

Transportation Program Manager

As part of its Capital Improvement Program (CIP), the City of Charlotte builds sidewalks to provide a safe, comfortable and connected pedestrian system to improve the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors.       

The City’s adopted Transportation​ Action Plan (TAP) calls for the construction of 625 miles of new sidewalks by 2030. Under current funding levels, at least 10 miles of new sidewalks are planned for completion each year to help accommodate that goal. The plan also requires that sidewalks be constructed consistent with Urban Street Design Guidelines and every effort shall be made to meet the intent of the guidelines when designing sidewalk projects.       

The City’s Sidewalk Program currently allocates $7.5 million each year through street bonds. Sidewalks are requested and prioritized in accordance with the City’s sidewalk retrofit policy. Sidewalk repairs can also be requested online or by calling 311.

Dan Leaver, PE, Assoc. DBIA

Transportation Program Manager

This group works closely with all city departments, as well as with the state and other stakeholders, to deliver essential projects throughout the city. This group managements the following programs:

In addition to these programs, many individual programs are managed by this group, ranging from new bridges and roadway widenings to parking studies. This group oversees management of projects from inception through construction.

Tom Russell, P.E. 
Urban Infrastructure Program Manager

This team works closely with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning, Charlotte Department of Transportation, Charlotte Area Transit System, Economic Development and Housing & Neighborhood Services to develop program requirements and funding and to implement engineering planning, design and construction for selected projects. Urban Infrastructure also implements miscellaneous uptown projects and economic development public/private efforts.

North East Corridor Infrastructure Program (NECI) includes infrastructure improvements in transit station areas intended to improve access to transit and support economic development.

Applied Innovation Corridor includes infrastructure improvements in the described geography intended to support changing land uses and economic development.

Cross Charlotte Trail is a new transportation facility along County Greenways and on new alignments that will provide an uninterrupted path across Charlotte extending from the south Charlotte/Pineville area to northeast Charlotte at the Cabarrus County line.

Theresa J.L. Watley, PMP
Utility Section Manager

This team provides utility coordination and relocation services for all Engineering Services' and Storm Water Services' capital projects, to resolve unavoidable conflicts between existing private utility conflicts and proposed capital projects. This effort is completed in accordance with the division-specific utility coordination and relocation process and in cooperation with the affected private utilities.