This project will repair and stabilize approximately 1,800 linear feet along the banks of the Richmond Tributary to Williamson Creek. This project will protect yards, trees, buildings and infrastructure by stabilizing the streambank. It will also replace flood-prone culverts at Philco Drive and Green Forest Drive.

Project Overview

The project includes the following:

  • Stabilization of the creek to prevent loss of land and fences from erosion
  • Creek beautification through the use of natural and native materials
  • New landscaping and planting throughout the project area
  • Relocation of a wastewater line
  • Replacement of fences damaged by erosion
  • Culvert upgrades to reduce flood risks


The Richmond Tributary is a small creek that flows into Williamson Creek, south of Ben White Boulevard. This project is located behind homes on Richmond Avenue and Gillis Street, between Redd Street and the railroad tracks. 

Drainage Easements

To construct this project, the City will need to purchase drainage easements from property owners along the eroding creek. We will be accessing these easements to stabilize the creek bank and complete the project. Project Sponsors will be reaching out directly to impacted property owners.

A drainage easement gives the City limited rights to access and maintain infrastructure or to provide a place for water to flow. Drainage easements should only be used for growing grass and planting flowers. Property owners should not build fences, walls, sheds, or buildings within a drainage easement.

Project Status

Our capital improvement process includes the following phases:

  • Preliminary Engineering – when a solution is identified, and costs are estimated.
  • Design – when details are worked out and construction plans drawn up.
  • Bidding and Permitting – when a contractor is hired, and all permits are acquired.
  • Construction – when the project is built.

The design phase for this project began in October 2020 and is expected to last 12 months. Construction is projected to begin in 2023.

Public Meeting

A public meeting will occur prior to construction starting.  Meeting details to be posted at a later date. If you have questions or concerns beforehand, please reach out to the Project Sponsor.


Richmond Tributary Fact Sheet