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Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), operator of the metro area wastewater collection and treatment system, is installing a new regional sewer on the north side of I-94 between I-694 and Inwood Avenue in Oakdale, Minnesota. The work includes the installation of about one mile of 18” – 24” sewer pipe. The project will also replace an existing sewer that crosses I-94 near Bielenberg Drive / Helmo Avenue and will have a component of work in the City of Woodbury.
Construction of the MCES sewer extension will bring regional service to western Lake Elmo to meet the needs of development and growth in the area. Currently, this portion of Lake Elmo is provided sewer service via a City of Oakdale sewer that is nearing its capacity. The project will also improve service for south-eastern Oakdale.
This project is the first phase of a program to improve regional sewer service to Oakdale, Woodbury, and Lake Elmo. New development and redevelopment are expected to continue to increase sewer flow rates in this part of the Twin Cities in coming years. MCES is planning now to ensure sewer infrastructure is in place to meet the needs of future growth and prosperity in the East Metro.
Expected Community Impacts
Construction of new sewer infrastructure can have temporary impacts on a community. The most common impacts include noise, dust, and odor from construction activities, as well as traffic detours. Neighbors can expect to see large construction equipment, deep trench excavation, and temporary stockpiling of materials such as soil and sewer pipes in the project area.
There are several residents and businesses in the project area. MCES will work closely with those directly impacted by our work to develop mitigation strategies to minimize disruption while the work is taking place. This may include temporary access, accommodations, or coordinating work schedules with businesses.
Summer 2021 to Winter 2022
Easement Acquisition and Permitting
: Fall 2021 to Summer 2022
Winter 2022 to 2023
May 2023 to July 2025
Initial Meeting with Property Owners:
Additional Property Owner Meetings: