Minneapolis 38th Street Pipe-in-Pipe Rehabilitation (1-MN-341)

MCES Project 807618

Understandably, the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has raised questions about the status of Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) plant and interceptor construction projects. Please note the following:

  • 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 Update - May 26, 2022 (PDF).  See previous Project Updates below.

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Project Description


Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), operator of the metro-area wastewater collection and treatment system, plans to rehabilitate 8,500 linear feet of sanitary sewer interceptor pipe that is in poor condition due to age and corrosion.

The sanitary sewer is located within a large stormwater tunnel, resulting in the term, pipe in pipe. Prior to rehabilitating the sanitary sewer, maintenance holes will be constructed. Crews will access the new maintenance holes in order to repair sewer pipe and provide access for future sewer cleaning and televising.

The work will require short-term, intermittent road closures throughout the project between summer 2021 and summer 2022 as crews construct the new maintenance holes.

Project Map

Map showing project area along 38th Street East in Minneapolis, from 26th Avenue South to just west of the Mississippi River.Figure 1: Map showing project area along 38th Street East in Minneapolis, from 26th Avenue South to just west of the Mississippi River.


Crews are cleaning the sanitary sewer pipe under 38th Street between Cheatham Avenue and Edmund Street. This work will require multiple periodic closures of 38th Street at select locations.

Cleaning will occur Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and will include some Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. This work is anticipated to be completed by the end of June, depending on weather conditions and the amount of debris in the pipe.

Cleaning Process

To clean the sewer pipes, one crew will use special equipment with hoses to jet water through the pipes and another crew will remove the debris and haul it to a licensed landfill. Crews will need to move this setup to several different locations to clean the sewer pipe in this area.

Once the hoses are set up at a maintenance access structure, they will remain in place until cleaning has been completed at each location. Each location is estimated to take one to two weeks to complete.

We will continue to do our best to mitigate noise and odors, but you will experience more noise and odors than usual while crews clean the sewer structures and pipes.

Photo of sewer cleaning equipment and trucks parked on a tree-lined street
Example of sewer cleaning equipment


Project Updates

Project Update - May 26, 2022 (PDF) 469 kB

Project Update - May 18, 2022 (PDF) 483 kB

Project Update - May 13, 2022 (PDF) 522 kB

Project Update - May 9, 2022 (PDF) 492 kB

Project Update - May 6, 2022 (PDF) 381 kB

Project Staff


Project Manager: Jeff Schwarz, Minneapolis Area Program Manager, Interceptor Engineering
Council's Authorized Representative: Mike Rolfe, Principal Contract Administrator, Construction Services

Project Contacts

For information, please contact:

Email: info@mces38thstreet.com

Phone: 612.200.3898

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    Email: info@mces38thstreet.com

    Phone: 612.200.3898