West Hill Sewer Project

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UPDATE: June 12, 2017

Cedar to Chestnut

East 4th Street from Cedar to Iowa and West 4th Street from Iowa to Chestnut remains closed. The paving from Cedar to Chestnut has been completed including the intersections with Iowa and Sycamore. The street will remain closed a few more weeks for another week or two until the sidewalks and driveways in each block are completed. After that the street will be re-opened to traffic. Cedar and Chestnut are open.

4th Street Park

The sanitary and storm sewer work in the 4th Street Park area has started resulting in portions of Broadway and West 4th Street around the park being closed to traffic.

Beginning Tuesday, June 13, West 4th Street from Locust to the intersection with Broadway will be closed for installation of a sanitary sewer line. This includes the intersection of Wet 4th and Locust. There will be no access through that intersection during this portion of the project. The road around the park area may be open periodically, but it is still in poor condition and there will be a great deal of heavy truck traffic during the day that will block traffic. 

Once the sanitary sewer from the Locust/West 4th intersection toward the park reaches Broadway at the east side of the park, the construction will begin moving up and around the park. There will be no access around the park where the construction crew is working. However, as they move around the park, portions of the road behind them may be reopened on a limited basis. Avoid the area if possible. The ability to drive into the construction zone does not guarantee that there is a direct way to get out.

Contract for the West Hill Sewer Separation Project, Phase 3, was awarded to Hagerty Earthworks on April 16, 2015 in the amount of $4,988,668.  

Background Information:

In 2004 Stanley Consultants Inc. signed a contract with the city to proceed with a study and projects for the West Hill area. On September 5, 2007, the city received a stamped Consent Order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requiring that by December 31, 2010, the city would “submit to EPA and IDNR a report describing the projects needed to complete the separation of the remaining combined portions of the sewer system including the West Hill area”. The report “shall include a schedule and estimated cost for completing each project identified therein, and an update on the city’s plans for financing the projects”. Further, “By DECEMBER 31, 2024, completed all projects described . . . above”. Four projects have been identified, each estimated at $15 million to be implemented over the next 14 years to comply with the December 31, 2024 Consent Order date.