West Hill Sewer Separation Project
UPDATE: October 24, 2017
4th Street Park
The construction work around 4th Street Park is substantially complete. The work that remains there is largely related to sod placement. The streets are open but there may still be some intermittent construction traffic, materials, and equipment in the street as that part of the project wraps up so caution must be taken when traveling through the area. NOTE: Work in the 500 block of W. 4th has one lane of traffic closed. This is not related to the sewer project but makes through traffic more difficult.
5th Street from Cedar to Iowa
Paving of the 200 block of East. 5th is nearly complete between Cedar and Sycamore. That block will remain closed to through traffic. Local traffic will soon be able to move through the intersection from the 200 block of East 5th to the 400 block of Sycamore. The contractor has finished the sewer work on the 100 block of East 5th including the Iowa Avenue/5th Street intersection and is grading that area for paving. Once that block and the Iowa Avenue intersection are turned over to the paving contractor, the sewer crew will move back to the 500 block of Sycamore to do sewer work there between East 5th and the #5 alley. The intersection with East 5th at Cedar is still open.
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.