Woodson Sanitary Relief (12300)

Woodson Sanitary Relief (12300)

As part of a long-term effort to reduce basement backups and sewer overflows, MSD Project Clear is constructing a project to install approximately 2,800 feet of wastewater sewers in the City of Overland.

About the Project

Public Meeting - February 21, 2024

Public Meeting - June 8, 2022

Project Map

What is the goal of this project?

MSD Project Clear is investing approximately $2 million to improve wastewater sewers in the City of Overland. The goal is to reduce basement backups and sewer overflows, which occur when the sewers become overloaded during intense rainfall. This project will reduce such occurrences by increasing the size and capacity of the existing sewer. It will also allow MSD to eliminate 2 sanitary sewer overflow points.

Project Facts

  • Construction is estimated to begin in Spring 2024.
  • MSD Project Clear will construct approximately 2,800 feet of wastewater pipe.
  • The pipe size will increase to between 8 and 21-inches in diameter, allowing a larger amount of wastewater to flow through the system.

What can residents expect?

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.

With any type of construction, residents can expect to see and hear heavy equipment during the sewer excavation process.

TRAFFIC: MSD Project Clear does expect traffic disruptions as a part of this project. There will likely be temporary lane closures, road closures, and/or detours. Impacted roadways in which construction will take place include Wabaday Avenue, Seneca Lane, Goodale Avenue, South Milton Avenue, and Sycamore Way.

RESTORATION: 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.

  • Estimated construction start: Spring 2024
  • Estimated construction duration: 21 months


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 to five hours, depending on the complexity of the connection. The contractor will notify property owners in advance.

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.

Trees may need to be removed to construct parts of this project. If there are good options to avoid removing trees, MSD will make every attempt to do that. Property owners with trees that will need to be removed that are not located in already existing easements will have been compensated for the removal through the easement acquisition process.

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 District requirements.

During easement acquisition, an MSD Right of Way Agent will work with property owners to discuss restoration on their property. Most yard areas will be resodded with the same material. Driveways, walkways, and other hard surfaces will be restored using the same materials that are currently in place. In wooded ground areas, District policy is to seed the disturbed areas.

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.

MSD will instruct its contractor to keep the site reasonably clean and clear of debris. MSD will have an inspector on site every day during active construction. Prior to the start of construction, MSD will give every resident and property owner along the construction site the inspector’s contact information. Community members are encouraged to bring any concerns to the on-site inspector or any other member of the project team.