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The Spring Park Infrastructure Improvement Project will address erosion and stormwater issues in Spring Park that are threatening to undermine West End Boulevard. The project will:
- replace undersized drainage pipes that channel rainwater from surrounding streets into the stream in the park;
- restore the stream banks that are eroding in the park; and
- stabilize the stream banks to prevent future erosion.
Other goals of the project are to improve water quality, enhance community aesthetics and enhance aquatic habitat. Roadway improvements to West End Boulevard will also be completed as a part of this project.
The project will require the removal of existing trees in order to grade the stream banks into a stable configuration. As part of the project, 150 trees will be replanted.
The work is being performed by North State Environmental Inc., a company that specializes in stream restoration projects. North State Environmental is based in Winston-Salem and has completed projects throughout the United States.
The construction work includes replacement of or improvements to the following elements:
Storm Drainage System
Storm drainage infrastructure is undersized and in disrepair from Sixth Street to West End Boulevard and will be replaced as part of this project. The existing pipe discharge location will be extended beyond eroded stream banks. Additional curb inlets will be installed on West End Blvd to reduce excessive runoff in the travel lanes. This work will be performed within the public right of way or easements obtained from property owners.
Stream Stabilization and Stream Restoration
The streambank stabilization and stream restoration portion of this project is located between the 300 block of West End Boulevard and North Broad Street. Excessive runoff is continually eroding the stream embankment and threatening the structural integrity of West End Boulevard. The project involves re-establishing and stabilizing approximately 500 linear feet of stream. This work includes removing trees, installing erosion control measures, grading severely eroded creek banks, installing grade control (natural stone) structures, planting native plants (trees, shrubs, and plugs), and reseeding.
Roadway improvements will include a new road surface on West End Boulevard and new curbing and guardrails on the stream side of the roadway.
Tree Removal and New Planting
This project includes removing trees in the stream and slope stabilization area. Native type trees, shrubs and wetland plants will be placed as part of the project. Tree types include American beech, oaks, black gum, river birch, persimmon and sycamore. A total of 150 new trees will be installed. New trees will be installed with structural soil tree pits to foster tree root growth.
View 2017 project presentation [pdf/10mb/20p]
Sequence of Work
- Project mobilization began in late May and included surveying, installing erosion control measures, creation of a construction entrance, and clearing and grubbing.
- During June and July, work will concentrate on upgrading the stormwater drainage system.
- From July into September, work will shift to stream restoration.
- When the stream restoration is completed, West End Boulevard will be milled, new curb and gutter will be installed, sidewalks and driveways will be repaired, West End Boulevard will be resurfaced, and new guardrails installed.
The tentative project schedule calls for work to be completed in October 2018, provided there are no significant delays due to weather or unanticipated complications in the project. View the projected schedule for each project element [pdf/1p]
Frequently Asked Questions
Are all of the trees in the park going to be removed?
No, only trees within the construction limits for the project will be removed. Existing trees outside these limits will remain and more trees will be planted as part of the project’s stream restoration.
How will the project impact neighbors of the park?
Construction equipment will be used in the stream restoration project, to reshape the stream channel, install storm drain lines, and move heavy items, such as trees and rocks. There will be some disturbance and inconvenience while the construction takes places, but the end goal should be a drastic improvement that is worthy of the disturbance.
What is stream restoration?
Stream restoration repairs or restores a damaged stream to a more natural condition.
What will the stream restoration look like?
There will be large construction equipment, bare soil, and some trees will be cut down for access. Construction equipment will need to cross the streams and work in the streams. Stream water may be pumped around the construction work area during the project. We will replant shrubs and trees when we finish the project.
For more information on this project, contact Mr. Todd M. Love, City of Winston-Salem Stormwater/Erosion Control Division by calling 336-734-1318 or emailing email@example.com.