Omaha’s massive and costly sewer separation project is snaking its way through the city and the federally mandated upgrade has been wrapping around Lauritzen Gardens for months.
Approximately 13 percent of the work on the $2 billion project is finished. You can see the signs of its next steps along Sixth Street.
Lauritzen Gardens’ Mia Jenkins said, “We are kind of in the final throes of the CSO project. The grading work is nearly completed. The seeding of our turf and new prairie areas are being done currently.”
Jenkins said one side the park will remain closed for a short while longer. Heavy machinery continues gnawing on what used to be a landfill.
“Because of the landfill, because of the trash underneath, adding new sewer and sanitary lines was a challenge. You can't just dig up trash like you dig up soil,” Jenkins said.
Part of the next phase in opening the side of the garden that’s still being reformed will involve testing new narration on the trams so the public can get an understanding of the project that took place.
As the work nears completion familiar exhibits, closed for 19 months, will soon reopen.
As for the remainder of the sewer separation project, the city says that’s targeted around 2027.