MCES Sewer Project Finishing Up In Hwy 55 Area, Moving To I-394 Area

This week on Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) regional sanitary sewer force main project, crews will finish pipe and tunnel work in the Hwy 55 area in preparation for tying into the open cut force main next week, which will require closure of the North Frontage Rd from Aug 26 to Sept 2.

North Frontage Rd detour mapMinger’s tunneling crew will install pipe from the Hwy 55 tunnel approximately 300 feet south along Turner’s Crossroad to tie the tunnel force main into the open cut force main. They also will be setting two structures along this stretch and will finish backfilling the tunnel pit.

While crews tie the new force main into existing lines, the Hwy 55 North Frontage Rd will be closed between Zane Ave and Lindsay St from 7 am Monday, Aug 26 through 7 am Monday Sept 2. A detour will route traffic around the North Frontage Rd via Lindsay and Zane (see map).

A separate crew will pave the bike trail between Laurel Ave and the Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks along Xenia Ave, and the tunneling crew will move to the I-394 area to begin the tunnel beneath the interstate. The crew will start south and work their way north with four separate tunneling pits and three tunnels.

Expect minor traffic control and roadway modifications when traveling through this corridor. Weekly updates will follow.

Last week, the pipe laying crew finished installing pipe along Golden Hills Dr to the existing force main that was installed as part as last year’s Pavement Management Program on Circle Down. The tunneling crew tied the tunnel pipe into the force main installed by the pipe laying crew and finished backfilling and regrading the area north of Lilac Dr along Turner’s Crossroad. The Hwy 55 tunnel crew strung the entire carrier pipe into the casing pipe and backfilled the receiving pit.

Project Background

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) is installing a new 18-inch regional sanitary sewer force main in Golden Valley (see map) to help relieve sanitary sewer capacity concerns along the I-394 corridor. Most of the installation of the MCES 1-GV-461 Reliever Project along Xenia Ave and Turner’s Crossroad will be completed during the 2013 summer construction season. Small portions of the project will need to be wrapped up in 2014.

If you have questions regarding this project, contact RJ Kakach at 763-593-8043. Get more information here about Golden Valley’s sanitary sewer system.

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