Joe Matesevac, with the city's engineering firm HMG Engineers, discussed the project during a Water Light Street Committee meeting held just before the council meeting.
"This is one of the projects the EPA has approved in our Long Term Control Plan (LTCP). It's scheduled to be done December 2013," he said.
The city's combined water and sewer line is located in the older part of Metropolis — from approximately the riverfront to 10th Street and from Vienna to Girard streets. The area makes up 20 percent of the city's storm sewer collection system. The LTCP is the city's plan for separating that combined sewer overflow. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency approved the LTCP in late January.
This specific project will encompass Girard Street from Second Street to Eighth Street; Second Street from Girard Street to Metropolis Street and Metropolis Street from Second Street to Ninth Street. The work will entail installation of storm sewer and connection of new street inlets from the storm sewer; disconnecting all surface drainage structures from existing combination sewer mains; and repairing the streets, curb, gutter, sidewalks, etc.
Matesevac said the project had three bidders. The lowest and highest agreed the project's high cost was due to the work involved.
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