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Fairfax County, Virginia

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Craig Carinci,
Director, Stormwater Planning

Tucker Avenue Neighborhood Stormwater Improvement Project

Project Update

A community meeting was held on March 11, 2020 to review the conceptual design alternatives.

Coordination with homeowners for additional easement and locations of underground utilities will be ongoing for next six months.

Tucker Avenue
Photo submitted by resident: Tucker Avenue, July 8, 2019.

Project Background

This project is located in the Pimmit Run Watershed and is part of a larger neighborhood stormwater improvement area (PM9814) identified in the Middle Potomac Watershed Management Plan.

Project Description

This neighborhood stormwater improvement project will evaluate existing drainage and stormwater infrastructure throughout the neighborhoods in the vicinity of Tucker Avenue and within a 67 acre drainage area that leads to the local stream, Pimmit Run. Existing stormwater infrastructure includes systems managed by Fairfax County within easements on private residential lots and within the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) road right-of-way. The project is being led by Fairfax County in partnership with VDOT.

The primary goals of the project are to:

  • Reduce localized flooding and erosion
  • Address public safety concerns
  • Improve stormwater drainage conditions and infrastructure
  • Improve water quality and protect the local stream
  • Use an innovative, sustainable and functional design
  • Reduce runoff to predevelopment flows to the extent feasible by collecting runoff at the source
  • Partner with the community to develop sound, cost effective solutions that can be collaboratively implemented and maintained

The project is divided into three areas: Upper Tucker; Middle Tucker; and Lower Tucker to better evaluate drainage issues and develop solutions. All three areas have inadequate drainage systems that result in street, yard and/or house flooding during certain storm events. Additionally, portions of lower Tucker Avenue are in a FEMA floodplain along Pimmit Run that creates further drainage problems.

Project Location

The project is located in the Chesterfield, Chesterbrook Gardens and Grass Ridge communities in the vicinity of Tucker Avenue in McLean. The project area consists of approximately 67 acres of land that drain to Pimmit Run at the lower end of Tucker Avenue.

The project is in the Dranesville District in the Pimmit Run Watershed.

map - Tucker Avenue
The project area is shown in red outline

Project Benefits

  • Reduce frequent flooding and safely convey stormwater through the neighborhood
  • Address public safety concerns
  • Improve water quality and protect Pimmit Run, the local stream

Project Phase

The project is in the preliminary design phase.

Timeline

The preliminary design is scheduled to be submitted in October 2020. A community meeting to review the preliminary design is scheduled for November 2020.

What to Expect

County staff will work with the community throughout the design process to arrive at the best possible solution for the project area.

Project cost and Funding Source

Construction of the Tucker Avenue Neighborhood Stormwater Improvement Project is estimated to cost $5.2 to $8 million depending on the feasibility of different alternatives. Stormwater projects are funded through the county Stormwater Service District.

Presentations to the Community

TUCKER AVENUE STORMWATER IMPROVEMENT PROJECT COMMUNITY MEETING MARCH 11, 2020

A community meeting was held to inform residents about the conceptual design and alternatives of the project.

Contact

For more information please email Project Manager Sajan Pokharel, Stormwater Planning Division, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, or call 703-324-5687, TTY 711.

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