Fayetteville, NC

City to vote on the start of drainage repair on Rockford Drive

Hannah Lee

Fayetteville's City Council will be voting Monday night on whether or not to approve the start of a drainage improvement project in the Winter Park neighborhood.

Rockford Drive Drainage Improvement ProjectCity of Fayetteville

4,600 linear feet of stormwater pipe, as well as 37 other drainage structures alongside Rockford Drive, needs to be replaced. This area tended to flood in yards and the streets. The flooding was noted in the Beaver Creek 3 Watershed Study and marked this area in the neighborhood as a priority area. The study notes that the primary cause of the flooding is an undersized storm system comprised of both open ditches and concrete pipes.

AECOM Technical Services of North Carolina, Inc. would be the consulting firm for the design services of the project. They will, if approved, provide an engineering study, design and construction phase services to identify and provide a solution to the flooding.

The project would cost the city $588,813; however, the money is already allocated in the yearly budget using Stormwater Enterprise Funds.

If approved, work would begin in October and shall be completed within 18 months. There will be one community meeting once 70 percent of the design stage is done.

This stretch of stormwater management repair is part of the first tranche of projects. Other areas needing improvements include Sessoms Street, Tyron Drive, Lyon and Ivy Road, Rosemary Drive and Rhemish Drive. According to the city, these areas will see stormwater improvements within the right of way that eliminate approximately 3.25 miles of impacted lane length and eight traverse road crossings.

The vote will take place Monday night during the City Council meeting at 7 p.m.

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Hannah Lee is a freelance journalist who covers local politics in Cumberland County, North Carolina, true crime, parenting trends, and recent studies in psychology.

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