West Hill Sewer Separation Project Phase 4
UPDATE MARCH 19, 2019
The 2019 West Hill Area Sanitary and Storm Sewer Project will begin on March 21 on the 100 and 200 blocks of East 8th Street. This year it will include replacement of water mains along with storm and sewer mains. The red area (map above) is where it begins for the first few months of the project. The pink areas are the rest of the areas where work will be done during 2019. Advance notice will be given before those streets are closed to traffic.
A detour route will be established this week on 7th Street from Cedar to Broadway to provide the best path for traffic flow and return to West 8th Street at a traffic signal-controlled intersection. Heavy truck traffic is going to be re-routed away from the residential area. In order to provide a detour route through this neighborhood that is safer for traffic and parked vehicles, parking is going to be limited to one side only on 7th Street. No Parking signs will be placed on the river side (even number side) to prohibit parking beginning Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m.
Note: The 700 block of Sycamore will be closed for one day, Thursday, March 21, to allow for the street surface to be milled off. Local traffic will be allowed to return at the end of the day, although the Sycamore/8th intersection will remain closed.
The project will be completed in two parts to ease the disruption of traffic on one of Muscatine’s busiest streets. Sewer replacement and replacement of the pavement will be completed from Cedar to Iowa during the first part that is expected to be completed by July 3. The second part from Iowa to Lynn is scheduled to begin on May 20 and is anticipated to be completed by September 23. The entire project has an end date of October 4, 2019, weather permitting.
The contract for Phase 4 of the West Hill Sewer Separation Project was awarded to KE Flatwork, Inc., Eldridge, Iowa, on April 5, 2018, in the amount of $6,109,522.45.
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.