Dilworth stormwater project moving forward

Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Services has embarked on a $16.7 million project to improve drainage in Dilworth, by improving a 1,500-foot section of pipes and a culvert.

The Myrtle/Morehead Stormwater Project is designed to reduce street flooding at Euclid, Templeton, Myrtle and Lexington avenues. It’s also designed to prevent buildings nearby from flooding.

“The system is approaching 100 years (in age),” said Kate Labadorf, a project manager for the city. “We were starting to see more maintenance issues.”

She said the Myrtle/Moreheard project is the city’s largest stormwater project.

All of the work is being done underground.

At Baxter Street, the city is installing a culvert that’s 10 feet wide and 6 feet tall. As part of the project, the city is also installing new 90-inch pipe.

The planning phase for the project began in 2007. The city said it expects construction work to be finished in the fall of 2016.

The city has closed part of Oriole Street.

In February, the city may close lanes on Morehead Street, reducing it to one lane in each direction.

Lanes on McDowell Street will also be closed. Steve Harrison