Park Road Park Glenkirk Wastewater Pipe Replacement


Project phase


 Project updates

  • Construction starts May 2018 at Park Road Park
  • The northern part of Park Road Park under construction from June 1, 2018, to June 1, 2019. Park users are encouraged to avoid construction areas during their visits.
  • Normal work hours: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Updates will be posted on this website and NextDoor.
  • The construction area will be beside the Little Sugar Creek tributary between Piedmont Row Drive and Archdale Road.
  • This gravity sewer line serves homes and businesses located in the SouthPark area of Charlotte.
  • To design the optimal route for this project, engineers have taken many factors into account including engineering specifications, human and environmental impacts, regulatory requirements, and budget. 
  • The new pipe will be three feet deeper than the bottom of the creek.
  • The existing 10-inch diameter pipe will be replaced with 24-30 inch diameter pipe.
  • As the wastewater infrastructure ages, clay pipes and manholes are more likely to allow groundwater from rain events to seep into the system and interfere with the proper wastewater flow. When this happens, the risk of a wastewater overflow increases unless improvements take place. The Little Sugar Creek Tributary Wastewater Project will lower the risk of overflows by installing a newer and more effective wastewater collection system.
  • This project is relocating the wastewater sewer system away from the pond to minimize the leakage from the pond infiltrating the sewer system.
  • The wastewater manholes beside Park Road Park's Duck pond (beside the shelters) will be removed once the new pipe is in service.
  • Over time, tree roots may interfere with the flow of water through clay wastewater pipes, such as those currently in place along Glenkirk Road. The new pipes that will be installed for the project are PVC and ductile iron, which minimizes infiltration of water and eliminates damage from tree roots.
  • The project has been coordinated with Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation to avoid the forested area closest to the greenway. Some trees near the pond will be taken, but most of these are newer growth gum trees rather than older growth hardwoods.
  • As a precaution, traffic on Park Road will be held temporarily when blasting takes place. This will occur infrequently and on an as-needed basis only. 

What to Expect:

  • Clearing – Trees, shrubs, bushes and other vegetation within the construction easement area will be removed. Tree stumps will be removed and holes filled. Debris will be transported off-site. CLTWater is coordinating with an arborist to only remove what is needed to allow excavation of wastewater pipe. When and where possible, trees are preserved.
  • Pipe delivery and storage – Pipe is delivered and stored within the construction easements along the creek.
  • Establishing a safe work zone – Fencing will be put in place and pipe will be stabilized to prevent it from moving.
  • Trench digging (five to twenty feet deep)
  • Tunneling under Park Road and Park South Drive
  • Placing pipe and backfilling
  • Underground rock blasting to install the pipe. Residents may hear a warning horn just prior to the blast. The area will be monitored with seismographs to gauge earth vibration levels as required. Blasting is a standard construction procedure and all safety precautions will be taken.
  • Construction traffic (excavators, dump trucks) along the creek, within the easements or road right-of-way.

  • Charlotte Water (CLTWater) will replace pipe to provide for future wastewater needs. ​

  • Properties directly affected by construction were contacted to discuss easement agreements. Areas near construction will be notified before construction. ​​

  • $8.8 Million


 Project contacts

Little Sugar Creek Tributary Wastewater Pipe Project MapProject Map that shows the temporary closing of Park Road ParkDiagram of Water Pipe Improvement