West Hill Sewer Project
UPDATE: September 11, 2017
4th Street Park
The work on West 4th Street is in the last phases of construction. The contractor has finished all of the sewer work in the 4th Street Park area. The intersection of Cherry and West 4th is open on a limited basis depending upon contractor activities that change quickly. West 4th St. between Cherry and the park is being prepared for paving along with Broadway on the West side of the park back to Cherry Lane. The paving contractor has completed the concrete work on Broadway between the #3 and #4 alleys and from the #4 alley up West 4th to Cherry Lane on the north side of the park. West 4th between Locust and the park, and Broadway between the #3 and #4 alleys will be opened up to local traffic incrementally as the paving and finishing work are accomplished.
5th Street from Cedar to Iowa
Sewer work on East 5th is beginning now between Cedar and Sycamore. That block will be closed for underground sewer work. The intersections with East 5th at Cedar and Sycamore are open for the time being. As the work moves up East 5th through the Sycamore and Iowa intersections the streets and intersections will be closed. The last part of the sewer work there will involve the closure of Sycamore between East 5th and East 6th Streets.
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.
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.