North Cameron Drainage Improvement Project

Updates

  • August 13, 2019 - The Piccadilly Street between Kent and Cameron Streets will be closed beginning at 7 am Saturday, August 17 through 7 pm on Sunday, August 18 for sanitary sewer work.
  • August 2, 2019 - The intersection of Piccadilly Street and Cameron and Piccadilly Street between Kent and Cameron will be closed for sanitary sewer work on August 3-4 from 7 am-7 pm both days. Local traffic allowed access to businesses and residences.
  • July 22, 2019 - Lane closures will begin on Monday, July 29. Traffic will be reduced to one northbound lane on Cameron Street between Piccadilly and Clark Streets. Detour for southbound Route 11 and Route 522 traffic will be S. Loudoun, right on Wyck, left on Braddock, left on Cork to Cameron Street (detour map). Northbound traffic on Cameron will be allowed access through the intersection, but Piccadilly traffic will be blocked. Local traffic can access businesses and residences, but will need to turn around and exit the way they entered.

Overview

The N. Cameron Street drainage improvements project will help remedy the significant flooding problems that occur along N. Cameron Street, north of Piccadilly Street. The estimated total cost of the multi-faceted project, which will be phased, is estimated to be $5-6 million. 

A part of the proposed solution will consist of constructing stormwater management ponds that will hold the water from large storm events and release it slowly.  These stormwater ponds will also provide benefits in improving the quality of the stormwater runoff. As such, this project is eligible for Stormwater Local Assistance Funds through DEQ. These grant funds require a $1 match for every $1 in grant funds received. 

Phase I of the project includes replacing the underground storm drain, water and sewer pipes between Piccadilly and Clark Streets. Future phases of work consisting of constructing stormwater detention ponds and additional underground stormwater piping north and east of this Cameron Street section will be required to solve all of the surface water flooding problems in the area.  

Phase I

The City of Winchester and Washington Gas will be making several necessary improvements to N. Cameron Street between Piccadilly and Clark Streets beginning this summer. The primary goal of this project is to alleviate the flooding issues that occur regularly in this area during prolonged periods of wet weather or intense rainfall. While the first phase of the project will not completely solve all the surface flooding, it will replace the existing stormwater and sanitary sewer pipes with larger pipes. These larger pipes will prevent the sanitary sewer main in Cameron Street from getting overwhelmed and surcharging during prolonged periods of wet weather (like in 2018).   

In addition to the sanitary sewer and stormwater system improvements that will occur during Phase I of the project, we will replace the existing water main in Cameron Street that is old and in poor condition. Washington Gas will also take this opportunity to replace their natural gas pipe in Cameron Street. The work on the gas line will start at Piccadilly Street and will progress northward along the west side of Cameron Street. 

Along with our contractor, A&M Concrete, work on replacing the sanitary sewer main, stormwater piping and inlets, and water main began on Monday, July 29. 

Traffic Impacts

Due to the significant amount of work that will be completed, traffic on Cameron Street will be affected. When the contractor begins work, traffic on Cameron Street between Piccadilly and Clark will be restricted to one lane of northbound traffic only. Southbound traffic (U.S. 11 and 522) will be detoured down Braddock Street through this corridor. Once all of the underground pipe work is completed, the street will be repaved and restriped.

We understand that this project will have an impact on you and we will strive to minimize these impacts as much as possible. Sidewalk access to the front door of every business will be maintained during normal business hours. 

Budget Impact

The total cost of Phase I is approximately $2 million, and the contractor has a deadline to complete all the work within six months. However, we have offered the contractor a monetary incentive to complete the work sooner as correcting this issue is a priority and will be an inconvenience to residents and businesses in the area.

City Council has approved $750,000 in General Funds in the current FY19 CIP for this project. In addition, VDOT has already awarded the City $1,377,000 in Revenue Sharing Funds for this project. The Utility fund will also be paying for the a portion of the project with bond funds already secured. However, additional funds will be required to fully fund all proposed phases of this project.

Project Contact

Drew Brady
City of Winchester
(540) 667-1815
Email

We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as we work to make some necessary improvements in this area.