Friedens (Partial) I/I Reduction (Chain of Rocks and Fontaine Pl) (#12185)

Friedens (Partial) I/I Reduction (#12185)

As part of a long-term effort to reduce basement backups and sewer surcharging, MSD Project Clear is designing and constructing more than 2,400 feet of wastewater sewer through this project. The project is located in the City of Bellefontaine Neighbors and the City of St. Louis. The project will be on Chain of Rocks Road and Fontaine Place east of Bellefontaine Road.

This project is currently in the Design Phase. The Design Consultant selected for this project is Wood PLC. Construction is scheduled to begin in Summer 2023 with an anticipated duration of 30 months.

Project Map

Design Public Meeting

What is the goal of this project?

MSD Project Clear is investing over $1.4 million to design this project to ultimately alleviate instances of building backups and allow the wastewater system in this neighborhood to carry more wastewater flow. Approximately 2,400 feet of larger, newer wastewater sewer will be installed. This project is estimated to benefit 120 properties.

Project Facts

  • Construction is estimated to begin Summer 2023.
  • Construction is estimated to last 30 months.
  • MSD Project Clear will install approximately 2,400 feet of wastewater sewer.
    • The pipe size will range from 8 to 12-inches, allowing a larger amount of wastewater to flow through the system.

What can residents expect?

Though construction for this project is not estimated to begin until Summer 2023, it is important to be prepared for what to expect. By Fall 2022, residents whose property will need to be accessed to construct the project will be contacted in order to obtain necessary easements.

Type of Construction:

While the exact methods of construction will be determined as the project moves towards the Construction phase, just like with any type of construction, residents can expect to see and hear heavy equipment during the sewer excavation process. The vast majority of this project will be constructed by a method known as “open-cut construction”. This means that crews will dig through the surface of the ground to excavate and install pipe.

Traffic Impact: 

As a part of this project, MSD Project Clear does expect traffic impacts to roads in this area. Temporary road closures are expected but the construction crews will work diligently to keep these closures during work hours. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times. More specific information including timing and locations of these closures will become available once the project has a Contractor and they can determine a set schedule. Temporary lane closures may be required.

MSD Project Clear does expect times of temporarily reduced access for residential and commercial properties throughout the construction of this project. However, these timings will be temporary and the Contractor will work to minimize these instances and provide notice beforehand.


The Contractor will restore the construction site according to all District and local requirements. This could include sodding any disturbed areas, replacing disturbed pavement, reinstalling fences, etc. More detail on this will become available after a Contractor is selected for the project ahead of construction.

What is the timeline?

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

  • Project design completion: December 2021
  • Easement acquisition completion: Fall 2022
  • Estimated construction start: Summer 2023
  • Estimated project duration: 30 months


During active construction, some property owners may experience driveway access restrictions for a short period of time. The contractor will notify property owners in advance of any temporary access restrictions to allow them time to move their vehicles. The contractor will also fill trenches with gravel or place steel plates over trenches during non-working hours so residents can use their driveways during those times.

There may be temporary disturbance of these features. MSD’s contractor will restore fences and mailboxes as necessary and replace disturbed vegetation with new sod.

Stay Informed

Sam Bush
MSD Project Manager

Stuart Haw
Wood Project Manager

Please mention the Project Number: 12185