Taylor Spring Detention Basin

Taylor Spring Detention Basin Construction Project

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is the project located?

The project is located on the southside of the 3000 block of Taylor Spring Lane, between Boyers Road and Cumberland Drive. The 28.9-acre parcel was purchased from Mr. David O’Donnell in October 2020.

  • What is the scope of the project?

The proposed project will be the construction of a 6.7-acre regional detention basin. Proposed work includes a 19-foot-high earth dam embankment with an emergency spillway, riser structure, and a 54-inch diameter pipe extending through the embankment. 

Mass grading will require cuts of up to 8 feet and fills of up 5 feet outside the proposed embankment area. Fills of up to 20 feet will be required to construct the proposed embankment. Work will also be performed to replace approximately 300 linear feet of sanitary sewer main and to raise existing manhole lids.

  • What equipment is being used to construct the project (what noises am I hearing)?

Throughout the project there will be a variety of equipment being used to construct the basin. Much of the equipment being used is for demolition and earthmoving activities (bulldozers, excavators, loaders, dump trucks, etc.). To clear the site the contractor will use chainsaws and chippers to mulch any downed trees and brush. To upgrade a section of the sanitary sewer main across the site, a bypass pump system will be used. This specific piece of equipment will cycle on/off as demanded by the flow of sewer and may run during off hours. There may be the occasional use of a generator but only during normal work hours, which are Monday through Thursday from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM and 7:00 AM to 12:00 on Fridays (pending weather and daylight hours).

  • What will the property look like when the project is complete?

The proposed detention basin is not designed to permanently store water and is expected to drain within a few hours to days after a rain event (depending on the amount of rainfall). Once all earthwork is complete, the site will be stabilized with vegetation and native plant species. For a majority of the time the site will appear as an open, dry, grass-lined basin and embankment. 

The property will be mowed by the County on a semi-annual basis to maintain vegetative growth for ground cover and to assist with the water quality properties of basin. Additionally, care was taken in the design and construction of the project to preserve native trees as much as possible to create a natural buffer along the adjacent properties and for future enjoyment of the property.

  • How is the project being funded?

The project is being funded by the Rockingham County General Fund, fees collected by the Lake Shenandoah Stormwater Control Authority, and a $730,000 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM).

  • What is the project’s construction timeline?

The project broke ground on July 22, 2022. Earthwork is expected to be completed by January 20, 2023. Final grading and seeding will be completed by April 21, 2023 with project closeout by the end of May 2023.

  • Are there any future plans for the property?

There are currently no official plans for the remainder of the property. It is the desire of the County to one day utilize the land for public use. This may or may not include such ideas as a passive park, walking paths, nature trails, etc. These ideas along with possible funding opportunities are being discussed by County staff.

Selected Site Plan Sheets

Basin grading and layout with 100-year flood elevation 

Embankment cross-section and spillway profile 


Previously Submitted Project Reports

July 29, 2022

August 22, 2022 

September 12, 2022

October 4, 2022

For any further information, questions, or concerns, please contact:

Ross Morland, P.E., Director of Engineering
Rockingham County Engineering Department
(540) 564-6095