Construction on South Central Interceptor Sewer begins

The City of Bloomington Utilities began work on the South Central Interceptor Sewer this week.

The project, which has a projected cost of $6.9 million, will upgrade the sewage infrastructure located along South Walnut Street from Davis Street to Gordon Pike, according to a City of Bloomington press release.

The entire project is predicted to finish by August 2018.

The future Switchyard Park property will be where the majority of construction takes place, according to the press release. The work there should finish by December, in time for a separate construction project to begin.

“This is critical infrastructure to support Switchyard Park and the increase in commerce we expect along this corridor in the coming years,” said CBU Director Vic Kelson in the release.

The project will affect houses and homes in south central Bloomington south of 11th Street, all of which discharge to the South Central Interceptor Sewer. Wastewater from the interceptor is carried to the Dillman Wastewater Treatment Plant.

CBU anticipates the construction will create some inconveniences. The Parks & Recreation parking lot located at Grimes Lane is temporarily closed. The B-Line trail near Country Club Drive will be rerouted for 6-12 months beginning June 30, according to the press release.

Sanitary sewer overflows have been a problem in the area where construction will take place. From 2006 to 2016, there were 83 overflows at the intersection of Grimes Lane and South Walnut Street.

“The infrastructure upgrades to the South Central Interceptor are part of ongoing infrastructure improvements and will alleviate service issues we have experienced in the area,” said Kelson in the release.

The construction will be completed by Infrastructure System of Orleans, Indiana. It was designed by Greeley & Hansen.

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