Flooding project continues near golf course

Crews spent the last few days making room along Gleneagles Road in south Charlotte for a new storm drainage pipe that is part of the multi-year flooding-control project around neighborhoods near the Quail Hollow golf course.

The eastbound lane of Gleneagles near Bar Harbor Lane has been closed much of the month as crews install the drainage pipe. The work is part of a much larger project that started five years ago to combat flooding in the rapidly growing section of south Charlotte near the corner of Park and Sharon roads. Area residents complained when the project first started being discussed that storms left roads dangerous – with standing water on neighborhood streets like Sharon Acres Road, Prince George Road, Bar Harbor Lane, Winged Bourne Road and Shillington Place near the Sharon Hills and Seven Eagles neighborhoods.

“What the new and improved system will do is get the water off the street quicker and into the drainage system quicker,” explained project manager Doug Lozner. “When the water builds up on streets it can cause hydroplaning and safety issues.”

The current project at Gleneagles and Bar Harbor is on schedule to be finished before Christmas, Lozner said, as recent rain hasn’t slowed work down enough to cause a delay.

Crews will next move to the Seven Eagles neighborhood, also near the golf course, and start replacing a drainage pipe with a 12-feet-wide by 8-feet-tall big-box culvert under Eagle Glen that will move more water more quickly from the area and down into the McMullen Creek basin. Crews will start moving utility lines early in 2013, with the complete project taking three to four months. Roughly a dozen homes in the vicinity of the project will be affected during construction due to lane closures and other work, Lozner said.

Work likely will have to pause at that point, as construction can’t take place during the Wells Fargo Championship, happening at Quail Hollow from April 29 to May 5. The club is located off Gleneagles Road.

After that, crews will return to work adding another culvert under Gleneagles. Lozner said that culvert, at 8-feet by 7-feet, will likely result in Gleneagles being closed for multiple weeks. Lozner couldn’t say exactly when that project will start, or how long it will take, until earlier work is complete.

When finished, project planners hope the new system will not only eliminate standing water on the neighborhood roads during storms, but also cut down on visible channel erosion.

In all, the project will cost around $7.6 million, according to estimates on the project website. City officials are staying in contact with area residents to update them on construction updates, while those who only drive through the area can stay up to date on the project at http://charmeck.org/stormwater/Projects/Pages/Shillington.aspx.

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