West Hill Sewer Project
As of May 22, 2017: W. 4th Street between Cedar and Chestnut is closed to traffic. Cedar and Chestnut are open. Sewer work in that area is substantially complete. It will remain closed for a few more weeks. East 4th from Cedar up to but not including the Sycamore St. intersection has been paved. The next block, from Sycamore to the Iowa intersection will be paved during the week of May 22nd. When the last of the sewer work is done in the 4th & Iowa intersection, the rest of that part of the project up to Chestnut will be graded and paved. Once the sidewalks and driveways in each block are completed the street will be re-opened to traffic. The 4th Street Park area is next for sewer work.
Access on W. 4th Street between Locust and Cherry Street is limited and may be closed at any time. However, the driving surface is less-than-ideal so caution must be taken. Avoid the area if possible. MPW is nearing completion of their water main work up and around the park and up through the Cherry/W. 4th St. intersection. When the sewer work begins nearer the end of May the road around the park will be closed. Parking restrictions will be posted in advance as they move around the park.
Contract for the West Hill Sewer Separation Project, Phase 3 was awarded to Hageryt 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.