The Fayetteville City Council on Monday is expected to adopt a resolution accepting $10.5 million in American Rescue Plan funding from the N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure to help with stormwater drainage improvements.
The item is on the council’s consent agenda. The council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
The state notified the city in a letter dated March 23 that it had been approved for the funding. Adopting the resolution to accept the funding is part of the process.
The projects will address flooding issues in several parts of the city.
"These are very, very large projects," Byron Reeves, an assistant public services director over the city's engineering, said Friday. "We're constructing these stormwater infrastructure improvement projects to increase the capacity and the capability to provide drainage to these areas to an appropriate level of flood protection. So these proposed improvements will increase the capacity of the local storm drainage system and allow it to meet the city's 10-year level of service for closed systems and the 25-year level of service for open channel flow.
The projects will eliminate flooding within the city's rights of way and also mitigate flood damage to neighboring properties, he said.
Reeves said the proposed project improvements include:
The intent to fund is contingent on meeting several milestones, including applying for the necessary permits as soon as possible, submitting a bid and design package by Aug. 1, having that package approved by Dec. 1, advertising the project and receiving the authority to award by April 3, 2023, and executing the construction contracts by May 1, 2023.
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