Omaha Not Only City With Sewer Issues

Another city deals with sewer separation issues.

What had once loomed as daunting task for the city of Plattsmouth when it first came before the city council in 2008 now has a “completed” stamp. “Construction of the Sewer Separation Project Phase 2 is complete,” wrote Chris Koenig, who served as the project manager for both phases of the project that separated the storm and sanitary sewers. (Phase 1 was in the Main Street and downtown area and was constructed in tandem with the Main Street Corridor Improvement Project. Phase 2 was in the Chicago Avenue and Washington Avenue corridors.) The council accepted the engineer’s recommendation to declare the phase 2 project finished which allows for final payments to the contractor.

The Cassgram reports with the sixth and final change order approved—an increase of $49,392—the phase 2 construction contract cost was $1.54 million.

In a news release issued by the city, City Administrator Erv Portis said the final cost for both phases was $5.5 million, which was $1.9 million less than originally projected. The city also finished the separation project far ahead of the federally-ordered compliance deadline of April 2015.

“Plattsmouth is pleased to have completed our sewer separation project ahead of time and under budget,” said Mayor Mike Bowman. Bowman thanked all the agencies involved and “I most appreciate Plattsmouth’s citizens for their patience, understanding, and cooperation through all the complex construction work.”


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