Where are they on that project?: Akin Park storm sewer improvement project

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – More orange construction cones have been added to Evansville roads.

But this time it’s along East Park Drive and nearby streets.

This is for the Akin Park storm sewer improvement project.

Construction began in June – where are they on that project?

The purpose of this project is to turn one pipeline into two. One for the sanitary pipeline. The other for the storm drainage system.

The Akin Park storm sewer improvement project is one of many construction projects designed to help improve the city’s storm sewage problem.

“What we got out here right now is what we call a combination sewer. So, our sanitation sewer and our storm water run in the same pipe right now.”

Combined sewers often lead to serious pollution problems, including sewage flowing into home toilets and human waste being discharged into rivers lakes and streams.

“The main issue too then when we get big rain events it overloads our system.”

Sewer and water utility specialist are hoping this project resolves those issues as well as flooding in the area.

“It’s going to actually pull the storm water out of our sanitary system. About five acres of water to be exact so that’s a mass amount of water that’s not going to be going into our treatment plant anymore.”

Construction has been going since June, Montgomery says they have run into some issues.

“We’ve encountered a couple of old sanitary manholes.”

Montgomery says it’s been nearly 90 years since they’ve been replaced.

“We had to replace a couple of those as we’ve come along so that’s pushed us back a little bit.”

However, he says the three-million-dollar project is still on schedule to end in December.

Although this street project may seem like an inconvenience to people who live in the area.

Contractors say it is extremely necessary.

“It’s a short-term inconvenience and I understand orange cones I drive the city too but it’s necessary this is going to have a big payoff for the city of Evansville.”

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(This story was originally published on August 20, 2019)

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