Shorewood/Excelsior Lift Station L20 Project

MCES Project No. 802856

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Project Update - March 8, 2023: The project is now advertising for bidders, with bids due on April 6, 2023.  Construction is estimated to begin in late July 2023.  See previous Project Updates below.

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Project Overview

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), in partnership with the City of Excelsior, is constructing a new regional gravity sewer pipe between sewer lift stations (pumping stations) L19 and L20. Work will also include decommissioning the old lift station L20 and its forcemain pipe, replacing Excelsior’s flow meter M417, improvements to City utilities and streets.

By eliminating a lift station, the project will reduce operating costs, improve energy efficiency, and make the regional sewer system more reliable. This helps MCES continue to protect public health, economic growth, and improve water quality while providing low-cost sewer service to serve the region. 

July 20, 2022 Public Meeting



June 9, 2021 Virtual Public Meeting




Project Description

The Metropolitan Council’s statutory mission is to foster efficient and economic growth for a prosperous region. Environmental Services supports that mission by providing regional wastewater service to 2.6 million people in 110 communities within the seven-county metropolitan area. The regional wastewater system protects public health and water quality while providing capacity to serve the planned growth of the region. The interceptor system meters and transports the wastewater flows from local community systems to one of nine regional wastewater treatment plants. It is comprised of over 610 miles of pipelines, 60 lift stations, and 223 metering sites.

The new regional sanitary pipe will start at L20 in Shorewood, go west following Highway 7 and crossing into the City of Excelsior at Water Street. Once in Excelsior, it will follow Water Street to College Avenue to William Street and turn north on Oak. It will follow Oak Street (County Road 19) to L19, near the intersection with Beehrle Avenue.

Construction impacts for this project may include dust, noise, odors, vibrations, traffic disruptions, equipment staging, and visual impacts. Construction is anticipated to start in early 2022 and be completed in the spring of 2024. However, construction will be sequenced so that work must be completed on one street before it moves to another. This stepwise approach helps avoid long term neighborhood disruption.

Project map showing the area northwest of Highway 7 near Galpin Lake.  Areas of proposed work start north of Studer Pond and run along Oak Street, William Street, College Agenue, Water Street, adjacent to Highway 7, and along the west edge of Mud Lake.  The existing sanitary sewer pipe is north of this, along George Street.  Features called out include new meter M417 and Lift Station L19 north of Studer Pond, a new 3600 foot gravity sewer at Oak Street and Willian Street, Lift Station L20, to be removed, at Highway 7 and Galpin Lake Road, a forcemain abandonment where Oak Street meets Highway 7, and a structure abandonment at the north end of Mud Lake.

Project Updates

Virtual Open House Presentation - June 9, 2021 (PDF) 5.7 MB

Project Staff


MCES: Dan Fick, Project Manager
City of Excelsior: Morgan Dawley, Excelsior City Engineer

Project Contacts

For information, please contact:

Phone: 952.737.4681

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