Project Update - July 29, 2022 (PDF).
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Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), operator of the metro-area wastewater collection and treatment system, is making improvements to aging and deteriorating regional sanitary sewer facilities that serve homes and businesses near the Bass Lake Road and Vagabond Lane North intersection in Maple Grove. Work includes rehabilitation of the regional sanitary sewer pipe in two phases occurring between 2022 and 2024.
The first phase is complete and was located southeast of Vagabond Lane and 70th Place North. Work included putting a new pipe inside an existing pipe using a process called slip-lining to improve pipe strength. Construction lasted several weeks. Restoration began in fall 2022 and will be completed in spring 2023.
The second phase is located along 72nd Avenue North between Vagabond Lane North and 73rd Place North. The construction process for this site has yet to be determined but is anticipated to occur in 2024. Restoration is expected to occur in 2024 and spring 2025.
What to Expect
While we do our best to minimize impacts during construction, some temporary inconveniences may occur as the work takes place. Here is what you can expect:
- Noise, vibration, dust, and odors related to sewer work.
- Project equipment staged on the northeast corner of the Bass Lake Road and Vagabond Lane intersection.
- Neighborhood trail closure on the east side of the drainage pond between 70th Place North and Bass Lake Road.
- Trail closure on the south side of Bass Lake Road at Vagabond Lane.
- Vegetation disrupted within the right-of-way on the northeast and southeast corners of the Bass Lake Road and Vagabond Lane intersection. Trees removed above and near the sanitary sewer line will not be replaced, but a wetland seed mix will be used to re-vegetate the area.
- Lane closure on Bass Lake Road.
- No water/wastewater service disruptions are expected.
- No overnight or Sunday work is expected.
- Restoration of any disturbed road or trail surface and landscape after construction is complete. We are committed to being a good neighbor and restoring our construction sites back to how they were before or better.
- Residents will be notified of what to expect before Phase 2 construction begins.
What You Can Do
Participate by attending open houses, giving input, and signing up to receive project information (see sign-up feature to the right).
To help minimize odors in your home or business during construction, please fill all basement drains with water to help keep odors in the sanitary sewer system. Drains include laundry sinks, floor drains, toilets, and more.
MCES has developed three short videos to help explain why projects like this are necessary, what smells you may experience during the project, and how we will return the project sites to how they were before or better during the restoration phase.
“This Old Pipe”
The sewer pipes right under our feet are an important part of our wastewater infrastructure, but they are getting old and need repair. MCES has a strategic plan to fix aging sewer pipes to keep the region’s wastewater flowing and neighborhoods safe.
MCES is committed to being a good neighbor and restoring our sewer construction sites back to how they were before, or better. We may need to remove or relocate trees and shrubs or wait for the right season to complete work like planting grass, but our on-site staff will be there to help!