Vanstory (Mirror Lake Drive)


A portion of Mirror Lake Drive was washed away by Hurricane Matthew on October 8, 2016. This portion of roadway passed over the Mirror Lake Dam. A portion of the dam was also washed away by the flood waters. Following the disaster, the City conducted an assessment of the roadway and dam to determine an estimated cost for repairs. The estimated cost to repair the dam and roadway is $1.9 million.

Project Overview

The City will begin a repair on Mirror Lake Dam in 2018 in the Van Story Hills neighborhood to repair damage from Hurricane Matthew floodwaters and re-open the road. Construction is expected to begin in October 2018 with a goal of being complete by June 2019. Advanced construction (utility relocation) has begun. 

An engineering consultant was contracted in August of 2017 to begin the design process which requires significant engineering modeling for stormwater, structural analysis and design for dams and spillways, utility coordination and design, roadway design, and regulatory permitting.  The thoughtful and methodical development of plans is important such that the City strike a balance between the needs of the upstream properties in Van Story Hills and the downstream property owners while complying with all state regulations.

Project Details

  • Status: Construction
  • Next Step:
  • Contract / Contractor:
    • Design: Schnabel Engineering
    • Project Management: Freese and Nichols
  • Estimated Construction Begin: October 2018
  • Estimated Construction Completion: June 2019 

Affected Neighborhoods

  • Vanstory Hills

Contributing Organizations

  • City of Fayetteville Public Services Department- Engineering Division


For More Information

Current Weekly Status

An on-site pre-construction inspection was completed on December 17, 2018, and pre-construction submittals are being reviewed by the design engineer.  Property easement acquisitions continue and approximately half of the easements have been agreed to by the property owners.  Once all easements are acquired construction can begin. 

The contractor will begin installing security fencing with gates at either end of the dam and orange safety fence around the perimeter of the construction site in the next few weeks.  Pedestrian traffic must be discontinued through the dam area until after the project is completed.

Page updated 12/20/2018*

Responses to Citizen Questions from Public Outreach Meeting, March 15, 2018 

Question:  Will the City take responsibility for the sediment in the lake and clean it out?

Response: The City cannot remove sediment from private lakes, however, we will work with the lake owners to share the construction timeline so the owners can coordinate for removal while the lake is drained.

Question:  Will the outflow capacity be increased when the dam is rebuilt?

Response: There will be minimal changes to the outflow capacity of the new dam; however, the dam will be more resilient to withstand the potential for overtopping in large storm events such as Hurricane Matthew.  The intake structure will be larger and less susceptible to clogging and the downstream structure will be better equipped to handle the outflow.


*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 contact Engineering and Infrastructure at 910-433-1656.

Vanstory - Mirror Lake Community Meeting - July 25, 2017

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