Sewer Separation Tears Up Neighborhood

By: Ann McIntire Email
By: Ann McIntire Email

Even knowing it's coming, doesn't make it any easier when it affects one's neighborhood. The city has been working on a mandated sewer separation project for a few years now and will be long into the future. The Country Club Neighborhood is dealing with the digging currently.

Nathan Else and his family live along 50th Street, which doesn't look like much of a street right now. "They've torn up the entire intersection, they've had several blocks to the south of us torn up, all the yards, the sidewalks, those kinds of things, and it's really been interesting to see how they destroy everything and come back and rebuild it, it's been quite a process!"

As part of the sewer separation project, the Country Club Neighborhood north of Metcalfe Park, has areas under construction all the way to Maple.

"It's been kind of a hassle, living here, and having to deal with getting people in and out of the neighborhood, not to mention getting home," said Else.

Crews are working to install a second pipe to handle storm run off separately from sewer drainage. "Having storm drainage and sewage together, I imagine that's pretty taxing on the whole system," said Else.

While he may have a good attitude, some of Else's neighbors are a little more weary, considering the end is likely still months ahead, with winter and snow to complicate the already tight streets.

"But I have to admit, overall I've kind of enjoyed it," said Else. "The kids like watching the construction, the guys are really nice and I get a chance to chat with them, so overall it's been pretty good."

The Country Club Neighborhood is part of Phase 2 of the project. At least they know their headaches will be over in the somewhat near future, but with seven phases, the city will be working on the project all the way into the year 2024.

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