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New Phase of Dearborn Sewer Separation Construction Approved for 2013

The latest phase of the project will affect areas around CSO 4—from Wilson Avenue south to Cherry Hill, and from North Waverly east to North Elizabeth Street.

The newest phase of the City of Dearborn's storm sewer separation is set to begin this spring, City Council announced Tuesday.

Council approved a contract for $13.14 million—with a $500,000 contingency for unforeseen circumstances—for this phase of construction, which will separate combined sanitary and sewer pipes along main roads in the affected area, as well as include repaving of the roads.

"It's a short-term inconvenience, but a long-term benefit," Dearborn City Council President Tom Tafelski said of the construction.

Expected to start during the 2013 construction season, the project will affect the area of CSO 4—from Wilson Avenue south to Cherry Hill, and from North Waverly east to North Elizabeth Street.

The construction is part of the city's ongoing efforts to stop the flow of sewage into the Rouge River, as mandated by the federal Clean Water Act.

CSO construction is also continuing in February in the neighborhood east of Telegraph, west of Outer Drive, south of Cherry Hill, and north of the Rouge River.

It's also expected that installation of sanitary sewer along northbound Telegraph Road between the Rouge River and South Highland Street will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The project is expected to take two weeks to complete, and will close South Highland to traffic from Telegraph Road during this time.

Sewer separation construction, as detailed in a 2011 public meeting, is expected to take up to 15 years to complete, starting with the projects that began in January 2012.

The construction is funded largely by the city's water and sewer fund, as well as low-interest, tax-supported state bonds—the latest series of which was also approved by council Tuesday. Small amounts of funding for the construction also come from local and major street funds.

For continued updates on residential CSO construction, plus other city construction projects, residents can subscribe to the city's construction blog at http://dearbornconstruction.wordpress.com.

Dominic Raona January 30, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Any way to include a map with this posting to alert us of what roads will be affected? Is this a complete tear out and rebuild, like they did near Cherry Hill and Outer Drive last year?
City of Dearborn (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Yes, this will be a complete rebuild of the streets, but unfortunately, I don't have a map of the plans. I would definitely recommend signing up for the construction blog mentioned above. They will send out an alert when construction is set to begin on any part of the project. Also, if you're a resident of the area, you should receive notice when it's time for your street. If you're looking to get more advanced notice, I would recommend calling the numbers listed on this page: http://dearbornconstruction.wordpress.com/projects/ Hope that helps!
Jeannette Pryciak Capote January 31, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Is this scheduled to start while school is still in session? Because Lindbergh is on N. Waverly and that would be a real pain in the rear. Not looking forward to the construction
Ray January 31, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Jessica, who was picked as the contractor? I am hopeful it was Zito Construction, they were top notch on the south side of Cherryhill. City was very clear in communications also, they got it right this time vs. what happened by Ford Field...the blog updates were timely as well, I suggest all affected homeowners who can sign up for it.
Ray January 31, 2013 at 02:32 AM
@jeannette, during the public meetings I attended lindbergh was mentioned as they would do all they could to avoid disruption during school year and would be working to communicate plans with school administration. Hopefully there will be some info to share at our upcoming PTA meeting...
City of Dearborn (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Actually, it is Lakeshore Toltest Corporation. I know that it was competitively bid out and they received eight bids. Not sure where Zito ranked.
Jeannette Pryciak Capote January 31, 2013 at 05:17 AM
Good to know Ray Thank You! Its crazy enough at drop off and pick up to add that mess to the mix!
roger March 09, 2013 at 07:13 PM
any truth to the rumor that queen st is being torn out and replaced this spring as well...?

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