Golden Valley Regional Sewer Improvements To Begin In June

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) is making improvements this year to aging and deteriorating regional sanitary sewer facilities that serve homes and businesses in Golden Valley. A public open house to provide information about the Golden Valley Interceptor Rehabilitation Project is scheduled for Thursday, May 17, 4-6 pm, at Unity Minneapolis Church, 4000 Golden Valley Rd. 

No formal presentation is planned; arrive any time during the event. Light refreshments will be provided.

The $4 million infrastructure project is intended to ensure the reliability and structural integrity of the aging regional sewer facilities in Golden Valley. Work will vary at each site (see list below and map) and include rehabilitating some sewer maintenance holes, installing a liner to create a new sewer pipe within the existing pipe, and excavating older sewer pipe and replacing it with new pipe.

Work Sites And Tentative Schedules

Site 1: Natchez Ave

Construction at Natchez Ave near Roanoke Rd will improve a 650-foot section of sewer pipe and is tentatively scheduled to begin in fall 2018. However, if the start of work at Site 2 (Toledo Ave) must be delayed, construction may begin at Natchez Ave in June. MCES will update residents as it finalizes the schedules. Residents will experience a temporary intersection closure and can anticipate vibrations, noise, and possible sewer odors from an above-ground temporary wastewater conveyance system that will direct wastewater around the construction site.

Site 2: Toledo Ave

Construction at Toledo Ave near Greenview Lane will improve an 800-foot section of sewer pipe. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin in June and expected to take about three months to complete, but start could be delayed until fall 2018 due to wet weather impacts. Residents can expect temporary lane and road closures.

Site 3: Hidden Lakes Parkway

Sometime between June and September 2018, crews will tunnel a new pipe under Hidden Lakes Parkway. Construction will take approximately two months and no traffic impacts are anticipated; however, a temporary wastewater conveyance system will be required, and properties near the site could notice odors, vibrations, and noise.

Regional Sewer System

The project is part of a 10-year, $1 billion region-wide Metropolitan Council initiative that began in 2013 to accelerate the work of updating and improving aging wastewater collection and treatment facilities. This rehabilitation plan is focused on preserving the investment in the infrastructure, which protects public health as well as area lakes and rivers. The Council owns and operates the regional wastewater collection and treatment system.

The regional system treats about 250 million gallons of wastewater a day from 109 metro-area communities and 2.6 million residents. Wastewater is carried to the regional system of pipes and plants via approximately 5,000 of miles of sanitary sewer pipes that local communities own and maintain.

The Metropolitan Council charges some of the lowest wastewater rates in the country, coming in on average 40 percent lower than its peer agencies. Even within Minnesota, residents in Greater Minnesota pay close to twice the rate of metro area regional residents. To pay for capital investments, the Council secures Public Facilities Authority loans and issues bonds that are repaid with wastewater user fees across the region.

Metropolitan Council

The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning organization for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Council runs the regional bus and light rail system and Northstar commuter rail, collects and treats wastewater, coordinates regional water resources, plans regional parks, and administers funds that provide housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income families. The Council board is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Governor.

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