What is the goal of this project?
MSD Project Clear is investing approximately $2,500,000 to improve the wastewater service in the St. Louis County. The goal of this project is to rebuild a pump station, which has reached the end of its useful life, and increase the capacity of the wastewater sewer system in this area. This will result in more reliable sewer service and reduce the likelihood of basement backups for customers in this area.
- Construction is estimated to begin in December 2024.
- MSD Project Clear will rebuild the existing New England Town Cliff Cave Pump Station, which has reached the end of its useful life.
- MSD Project Clear will construct approximately 1,700 feet of 6” wastewater force main pipe
- MSD Project Clear will construct approximately 2,750 feet of 12″ diameter sewer and appurtenances
What can residents expect?
Though construction for this project is not estimated to begin until December 2024 at the earliest, it is important to be prepared for what to expect. While much of the construction will take place in existing easements, MSD may need to obtain new easements from some property owners. Prior to construction, residents whose property will need to be accessed to construct the project will be contacted to obtain the necessary easements or to be notified of work that will take place in existing easements.
Type of Construction:
This project will be constructed by digging through the surface of the ground in a process known as “open-cut” construction. The pictures above depict what a neighborhood will look like before, during and after a typical open-cut project.
Traffic and Access:
As much of construction will take place in the street, residents should expect temporary lane closures on (street names). MSD Project Clear will maintain at least one lane of traffic at all times to allow residents to enter and ext.
Similarly, construction may lead to temporarily limited access to some properties along the construction route. Restrictions will be limited to active construction hours, and the contractor will notify property owners in advance of any access restrictions.
After all new sewer pipes are installed, the contractor will restore the construction site according to all MSD and local requirements. This could include sodding any disturbed areas, replacing disturbed pavement, reinstalling fences, etc.
At least one MSD Inspector will be on-site part of the day for every day the contractor is working.
What is the timeline?
This is the current tentative project schedule. This is subject to change based on a variety of factors including weather.
- Easement acquisition completion: May 2023
- Estimated construction start: December 2024
- Estimated project duration: 14 months
Q1: Will trees be removed as part of this project?
A1: Trees may need to be removed to construct parts of this project. Property owners with trees that will need to be removed that are not located in already existing easements will be compensated for the removal through the easement acquisition process. If there are good options to avoid removing trees, MSD will make every attempt to do that.
Q2: Will construction disrupt sewer service or other utility services?
A2: While MSD’s contractor is connecting a home’s lateral to the new wastewater sewer, they may ask residents to limit water use. In general, this process can take between two and five hours, depending on the complexity of the connection. The contractor will notify property owners in advance.
Q3: Will sewer or other utility services be disrupted during construction?
A3: MSD does not anticipate 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, MSD will work with the utility to restore service as quickly as possible.
Q4: Will construction affect access to my property?
A4: 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.
FAQs section updated as questions are sent in to the Project Manager. To send your question in, please contact the Project Manager.