FF-07 Fee Fee Creek Sanitary Relief (10012)

FF-07 Fee Fee Creek Sanitary Relief (10012)

As part of a long-term effort to reduce basement backups, relieve overcharged wastewater sewers, and sewer overflows, MSD Project Clear is replacing approximately 3,700 feet of undersized wastewater sewer in unincorporated St. Louis County near the intersection of Schuetz Road and Lindbergh Boulevard.

Public Meeting - February 17, 2021

About the Project

Project Map

Why is this project being constructed?

MSD has invested over $3.2 million into this neighborhood to construct this project to increase the capacity of the sewer system and minimize the instances that the system becomes overcharged and backs up in to basements or into our waterways.

As part of our agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, MSD is committed to removing points in our system where untreated wastewater can overflow into local waterways. These points are known as Sanitary Sewer Overflows, or SSOs. This project will allow MSD to remove one SSO, helping to ensure wastewater is cleaned by one of our seven treatment plants before returning to the environment.

In addition to creating cleaner creeks and streams, the new sewer will also reduce the likelihood of basement backups for residents and businesses in this neighborhood.

How will it be built?

A majority of the project, approximately 2,750 feet, will be constructed using the “tunneling” method underneath Schuetz Road. A Tunnel Boring Machine will dig up to approximately 20 feet underground in order to prevent any disruption to the surface of this high-traffic roadway.

Additionally, parts of the project will be constructed by digging through the surface of the ground to an average depth of 15 feet, in a process known as “open-cut” construction. Crews will excavate the ground first and then lay almost 950 feet of new, bigger wastewater sewer.

How will this affect residents?

As with any major construction project, residents in this neighborhood can expect to see and hear heavy construction equipment.

Currently, open-cut construction is planned behind the houses on Meadowside Drive and near the upper end of the project at Willow Brook Road and Schuetz Road. The majority of tunneling will occur underneath Schuetz Road to minimize traffic disruption.

While a majority of open-cut construction will take place on private properties, residents may experience some traffic disruption along Schuetz Road and at Willow Brook Drive.

The contractor will follow all local ordinances and will notify all properties of any temporary access restrictions. There may be periods when driveways become inaccessible. The Contractor will give all property owners ample notification prior to any access restrictions.

When will construction take place?

This is the current tentative project schedule. This is subject to change based on a variety of factors including weather.

  • Estimated construction start: February 2021
  • Estimated construction completion: January 2022

Previous Milestones:

  • Project design completion date: November 2018
  • Easement acquisition completion: May 2020

What will it look like when it's done?

In general, District policy is to restore affected areas to the same or better conditions than before the project. Streets that are disturbed through this project will be replaced and repaved with similar material. For this project, restoration on Schuetz Road is being monitored by the St. Louis County Highway Department. The project’s restoration will meet all requirements of the City of Creve Coeur.

Areas of restoration of yards disturbed by construction not located in existing easements have already been negotiated with property owners. Most yard areas will be resodded with the same material. In wooded ground areas, District policy is to seed the disturbed areas.

The Contractor will work diligently to restore disturbed surfaces to previous or better conditions. If you have questions about timing of restoration, please contact the Project Manager.


Residents are asked to please provide information on the existence of invisible dog fences, irrigation systems, etc. to the Contractor to ensure the Contractor has accurate information.

Typically, restoration is a seasonal issue. For example, sod and asphalt can only be placed during warmer temperatures. Because of this, we do ask for residents’ understanding that the Contractor will work as efficiently as possible to prevent any delays or disruptions.

Yes, trees will need to be removed as part of this project in the area behind Meadowside Drive and at various places along the project alignment. Trees in existing easements that need to be removed will not be replaced, and those property owners will not be compensated for the loss of the trees. Property owners with trees that will need to be removed that are not located in already existing easements were contacted during the easement acquisition process. If the property owner negotiated new tree placement then new trees will be planted as per that agreement.

MSD does not anticipate sewer service or other utility services being disrupted during this project. We will work with Missouri One Call to locate utilities before beginning construction. Occasionally, the contractor may run into utilities that were not located by Missouri One Call which could result in temporary utility disruptions. If this happens, the contractor will work with the utility to restore service as quickly as possible.

The contractor will likely need to close one lane of traffic as they tunnel up the street toward Lindbergh through the duration of the project. The contractor will only have a few tunnel pits open at a time and they will only reroute the traffic around those zones. As the construction moves up the street so will the reroutes lanes.

MSD anticipates project completion for January 13, 2022, however, this date can change due to weather, unforeseen utilities, unexpected rock, or poor soil conditions. MSD will update this page if the completion date is rescheduled.

While new technology helps to reduce the noise, this is a major construction project, and community members should expect construction noise. The contractor will only work during normal business hours.

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Chuck McFarland
MSD Project Manager

Joe Reiser
MSD On-site Representative

Evan Leuchtmann
Fred M. Luth, & Sons Project Manager