Beltline Interceptor Rehabilitation Project in Saint Paul

MCES Project No. 808821

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  • Construction on wastewater treatment plants and sewer interceptors will continue. The contractors are following working environment protocols (asking employees to stay home if they are sick, social distancing, etc.) as outlined by public health agencies.

  • Some project staff are working remotely while others remain on-site to ensure proper oversight of the project. Staff will stay connected through emails, conference calls, and web-based meetings to manage construction activities.

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Project Description

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services made improvements to aging and deteriorating regional sanitary sewer facilities that serve homes and businesses in Saint Paul and neighboring communities. Rehabilitation was necessary to avoid collapse that could result in a loss of sewer service, environmental impacts, public health and safety risks.

The Beltline project was part of a multi-phased rehabilitation program of the regional sewer system in the Saint Paul area. The first phase occurred in the vicinity of Phalen Park in 2016-2017. The Beltline project was the second phase and includes 7,300 feet of sewer pipe and structures that were repaired from September 2018 to September 2020.

The project was divided into two sites located on the east side of Saint Paul:

  • Site 1: Middle Beltline Interceptor – along Etna Street between Case Avenue and Beech Street
  • Site 2: Lower Beltline Interceptor – along Highway 61 south of I-94, and along Warner Road

The project used cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) technology which injected an inverted liner into the existing pipe structure. Sewer maintenance holes were repaired or replaced as needed.

The project was completed September 4, 2020. A final construction update is posted below.

Beltline Interceptor Rehabilitation Project Map (PDF)


Cured-in-Place Pipe Process Story Map

The story map is an interactive guided map tour of the cured-in-place pipe process that was prepared for the first phase (Phalen) of the Saint Paul Sewer Rehabilitation Project. This is the same process that was utilized for this project. Click through the story map to learn about the sewer rehabilitation process, construction practices, and restoration efforts.


Project Updates

Final Project Update - September 4, 2020 (PDF) 390 kB

Project Update - August 6, 2020 (PDF) 345 kB

Project Information Handout - Español - April 9, 2018 (PDF) 1.1 MB

Project Information Handout - Soomaali - April 9, 2018 (PDF) 1.1 MB

Project Information Handout - Hmoob - April 9, 2018 (PDF) 1 MB

Project Information Handout - March 15, 2018 (PDF) 1.1 MB

Project Contacts

If you have questions about this project, please contact Tim O’Donnell, MCES Project Citizen Liaison, at or call 651.602.1269.

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    Tim O'Donnell, MCES Citizen Liaison: 651.602.1269