Devonwood Lower Dam (McFadyen Drive)


The Devonwood Lower Dam was damaged by Hurricane Matthew on October 8, 2016.  The Devonwood Lower Dam supports part of McFadyen Drive.  Water overtopped the dam and caused some slope failure on the downstream side.  Following the disaster, the City conducted an assessment of the dam to determine an estimated cost for repairs.  The estimated cost to repair the dam is $2.9 million.

Project Overview

The City will perform a repair on the Devonwood Lower Dam, located on McFadyen Drive, to repair damage from Hurricane Matthew floodwaters.

Project Details:

  • Status: Design
  • Next Step: Advertising and Award Contract
  • Contract / Contractor:
    • Design: WK Dickson & Company Inc.
    • Project Manager: Freese and Nichols, Inc.
  • Estimated Construction Begin: Spring 2019
  • Estimated Construction Completion: Fall 2019

Affected Neighborhoods

  • Devonwood
  • Fleetwood Lake 

Contributing Departments:

  • City of Fayetteville Public Services Department- Engineering Division


For More Information: 

Current Weekly Status Status 

The engineer submitted design plans to NC Dam Safety for review on December 20, 2018. The review time for NC Dam Safety is anticipated to last 90 days.  The design consultant is following up on the status of this review. 

The design of a PWC waterline that must be relocated outside of the dam embankment was reviewed by PWC and comments were provided on 3/4/19.  The design engineer plans to submit revised plans to PWC this week.  Easement mapping has been drafted for review and there will be one private property impacted that is not owned by the City of Fayetteville. 

Other permits requiring approval before construction can begin including an NCDEQ Land Quality erosion control permit, as well as an NCDEQ and US Army Corps 401/404 permit.  The NCDEQ 401 permit has been approved; however, the Army Corps 404 permit and the Erosion Control permit have not.

Advertisement and bid phases are anticipated in the summer of 2019.

Page updated 3/13/2019*

*We attempt to update page on a weekly basis. However, given the nature of the project, there may not be significant changes from week to week.

For more information, please call the Engineering and Infrastructure Department at 910-433-1656.

Devonwood Lower Dam (McFadyen Dr.) Community Meeting - July 25, 2017 


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