Capital Improvements

The Public Works Department's responsibilities include the implementation of drainage-related capital improvements, which includes the construction of new drainage infrastructures. Projects are typically identified in Watershed Management Plans that involve engineering investigations of flooding or other drainage problems in the county. These investigations may be for understanding local drainage issues or larger flooding issues in a watershed. The investigations are sometimes conceptual designs that require additional regulatory permitting or other approvals prior to their construction implementation.

Major Drainage Structure Construction

Major Drainage Structure Construction

Contracted Engineering, Drainage Analysis, Design, and Permitting

The Department maintains a list of qualified, pre-approved engineering providers, and other professional services from which it draws expertise for larger, more complex drainage improvement projects. These providers undergo a rigorous vetting of their credentials, as documented in their responses to the county's Requests for Statements of Qualifications (RSQs). Contractors are similarly used for other larger projects such as the Sea Pines Neighborhood Flood Abatement Project. This project resulted in the identification of conceptual design alternatives that could be implemented by the county as funds become available.

Capital Improvement Project for Flood Protection

Capital Improvement Project for Flood Protection

Engineering, Drainage Analysis Design & Permitting

Flooding investigations are also conducted by the Engineering Division, who designs and permits small drainage projects to correct local flooding.