Minneapolis 2nd Street Sewer Rehabilitation

MCES Project 807667

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 Description

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), operator of the metro-area wastewater collection and treatment system, plans to rehabilitate the aging regional sanitary sewer pipe along 2nd St N between 16th Avenue North and 8th Avenue North in Minneapolis (see project area map below). MCES identified several areas of deterioration and structural issues with the sewer pipe, which was originally installed in 1932.

Map of project area along 2nd Street North in Minneapolis, between 17th Avenue North and south of 8th Avenue North.Figure 1: Map of project area in Minneapolis along 2nd Street North, between 8th and 16th Avenues North

This work will include installing a temporary aboveground wastewater conveyance system from 16th Avenue North to 7th Avenue North, rehabilitating the sewer pipe and maintenance access structures between 15th Avenue North and 8th Avenue North, and cleaning and inspecting a section of sewer to prepare for a future rehabilitation project. between 8th Avenue North and 3rd Avenue North in Minneapolis.

Most of the rehabilitation work will use the cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) method which inserts a liner into the existing pipe structure to form a new pipe (see image below). This method minimizes aboveground impacts and reduces costs when compared to a full pipe replacement.

Photo of worker inserting cured-in-place pipe liner into pipe from above a maintenance hole
Figure 2: Lining being inserted into a sewer pipe

What to expect during construction

  • Partial closures of 2nd Street North.  Local access will be maintained, but there will be short-term driveway closures to install temporary pipes. Drivers should follow posted detour routes.
  • Sidewalk and bike lane closures. Bicyclists and pedestrians should follow posted detour routes.
  • Temporary parking restrictions along 2nd Street North.
  • Dust, noise, odors, vibrations, equipment staging, and visual impacts in and around the work area.
Map of current closure area along 2nd Street, between 16th and 15th Avenues NorthFigure 3: Map of current closure area along 2nd Street, between 16th and 15th Avenues North, in July 2021.

What is a temporary conveyance system?


Aboveground temporary wastewater conveyance pipes will be installed to ensure that there are no disruptions to sewer service while crews rehabilitate the sewer pipe. These pipes will convey sewer flow around the work site during construction.
Some temporary conveyance pipes may be buried under driveways or roadways to maintain access and minimize disruption. Property owners will be notified in advance if this is necessary. Diesel pumps with noise dampening equipment (low noise) will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week as part of the temporary wastewater conveyance system.

Photo of black temporary conveyance pipes next to a dirt mound and construction barriers.  Pipes run aboveground but may be buried under driveways and roadways to minimized disruption.Figure 3: Aboveground temporary conveyance pipes

Project Schedule

Construction is currently anticipated to begin in the summer of 2021 and be completed in the fall of 2021, with final restoration to occur in late fall 2021.


Project Updates

Project Update - September 13, 2021 (PDF) 530 kB

Project Update - July 26, 2021 (PDF) 180 kB

Project Staff


Project Manager: Jeff Schwarz, Area Manager, Interceptor Engineering
Council's Authorized Representative: Kim Sanders, Principal Contract Administrator, Construction Services

Project Contacts

For information, please contact:

Email: Info@2ndStreetSewerProject.com

Phone: 612.284.6744

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