​Cedars​ East Storm Drainage Improvement Project

​Late​st News  


Beginning July 29…

  • A road closure will be necessary on Eaglecrest Road to install sanitary sewer improvements. 
  • Eaglecrest Road between Pinemont Lane and Aspendale Lane will be closed for approximately one month. Motorists should detour using Reddman Road and Amity Place.  
View the July mailer for more information.

Amity Place between Boston Avenue and Elm Forest Drive will close on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7 a.m. and will reopen on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 5 p.m. Motorists can detour using Boston Avenue, Idlewild Road, Cedarwild Road and Reddman Road. This closure is necessary for culvert replacement for Cedars East storm drain project.

This road will be closed to all through traffic.

​Local access to residences and businesses will be maintained.​


Construction is expected to begin September 4 and is estimated to be complete in two years. 

Construction is expected to start at the Amity Place culvert and downstream of Eaglecrest Road and Aspendale Lane. Work includes:

  • ​Clear construction easements to relocate utilities and perform stream improvements.

  • Close Amity Place at the culvert to install a new culvert. The road closure is planned for late September and will be closed approximately three months. The contractor will maintain access to the neighborhood, with signs assisting  motorists. 

​A construction inspector will be on site daily to address any questions or concerns. Throughout construction, efforts will be made to minimize disruptions to nearby property owners.


The Cedars East Storm Drainage Improvement Project will reduce street and structure flooding throughout the neighborhood.  Located within a drainage area of approximately 48 acres, the project will replace and/or rehabilitate aging infrastructure and provide adequate drainage system capacity.   

Estimated Cost: $13,8​00,000*

*includes all costs associated with this project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, permits, construction, and landscaping.

The project team will manage the project through several phases. Specific work is conducted during each phase and general descriptions with timeframes are below. Public involvement is emphasized throughout the process. 



PlanningCOMPLETEDAugust 2013
DesignCOMPLETEDJanuary 2018
PermittingCOMPLETEDAugust 2017
Property Easement/AcquisitionCOMPLETEDAugust 2016
BidCOMPLETEDAugust 2018
ConstructionIN PROGRESSAnticipated December 2020

​Proje​ct Team

Chris Patterson
Construction Inspector

Construction Supervisor

Construction Manager

Matthew​ Anderson, PE
Project Manager



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Survey crews document the existing drainage system and surrounding areas. The project team uses this information, along with property owner input and requests for service, to analyze existing drainage system conditions. Staff hosts a public meeting to present the existing conditions analysis and obtain additional input from property owners. Several improvement alternatives are then developed and evaluated to determine the most economical and least impactful solution. The project team presents the recommended alternative to property owners for input at a public meeting at the end of this phase. This phase typically lasts 12 to 27 months.

The project team develops detailed construction drawings for the selected alternative, addressing pipe sizes and alignments, drainage channel widths, utility relocations and easement locations. A project team member may meet with individual property owners to discuss the drainage system improvements and how construction will impact specific properties. The project team hosts a public meeting to present the preliminary design plan, which illustrates specific improvements to properties, and begin the easement acquisition process. This phase typically lasts 21 to 34 months.

The project team obtains required Federal and State water quality permits and other necessary permits, such as permission to work within railroad and NCDOT rights-of-way, as necessary. This phase typically lasts 3 to 9 months and will overlap with the Design Phase.

Property Easement/Acquisition
Staff works with property owners to acquire ​​temporary or permanent easements. Easements provide permission for Storm Water Services to access the property, construct the recommended improvement and provide future maintenance. This phase typically lasts 9 to 12 months and will overlap with the Design Phase.

A competitive bidding process is held to select a qualified contractor to construct the project. By state law, the lowest responsible bidder is awarded the construction contract. This phase typically lasts 7 to 8 months.

Throughout construction, the project team works to minimize disruption to property owners. The Storm Water Services construction inspector serves as the main point of contact for residents. Notifications of key construction dates will be communicated to residents prior to construction.  This phase varies, depending on the specific project, but typically lasts up to two years.

The construction contract includes a warranty guaranteeing materials and workmanship for one year from the date of completion. The construction inspector conducts 6- and 11-month inspections during the warranty period. Upon notification, the contractor must repair defective items at no additional cost.