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 has begun and is expected to take approximately 9 months.

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: December 2019 

Affected Neighborhoods

  • Vanstory Hills

Contributing Organizations

  • City of Fayetteville Public Services Department- Engineering Division


For More Information

Current Weekly Status

All pedestrian traffic along Mirror Lake Drive at the dam is closed until construction is complete. Safety is a top priority and fencing has been installed to block off the construction site. 

A cofferdam is being constructed upstream and downstream of Mirror Lake Drive at this time.  Temporary diversion pipes have been installed along with a temporary headwall downstream.  These pipes will be used by the contractor to bypass stormwater flow during construction of the new dam.

The contractor will continue demolition and excavation activities over the coming weeks along with continued maintenance of erosion control devices.

Construction is expected to be completed in December 2019, after which the City will re-open Mirror Lake Drive.

Page updated 5/21/2019*

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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