Tulane-Wilbur Sanitary Relief (12239)
As part of a long-term effort to reduce basement backups, relieve overcharged wastewater sewers, and sewer overflows, MSD Project Clear is replacing approximately 5,000 feet of sewer in the village of Wilbur Park near Bayless High School and unincorporated St. Louis County.
Fred M. Luth and Sons, INC. has been selected as the Contractor for this project.
About the Project
Construction Public Meeting
Why is this project being constructed?
MSD has invested almost $2.2 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 and overcharged sewers for residents and businesses in this neighborhood by increasing the amount of flow the system can handle in this area.
How will it be built?
The entirety of the project will be constructed by digging through the surface of the ground to in a process known as “open-cut” construction. Crews will excavate the ground first and then lay almost 5,000 feet of new, bigger wastewater and stormwater 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.
MSD Project Clear does anticipate traffic impacts with this project. Throughout the project, one lane of traffic will be used for transporting and hauling materials in and out of the project site. The Contractor will aid in directing traffic around their materials and equipment.
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: Summer 2021
- Estimated construction completion: Winter 2022
- Design neighborhood meeting: October 2019
- Project design completion date: January 2021
- Easement acquisition completion: November 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. The project’s restoration will meet all local and municipal requirements.
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 and straw 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.
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.
MSD anticipates project completion in Winter 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.