Minneapolis East Interceptor (MEI) Rehabilitation

ES Project 807643

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Project Update - June 13, 2024 (PDF). See previous Project Updates below.

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Project Description

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (ES), operator of the metro-area wastewater collection and treatment system, will be rehabilitating their Minneapolis East Interceptor (MEI) system at six sites in the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. All six sites are located on the east side of the Mississippi River between Lowry Avenue North and the Lake Street Bridge.

The MEI system consists of two parallel pipes that are connected by six control gates. The gates help control and direct sewer flow through the system. The system is aged and requires rehabilitation to manage flow and to minimize the risk of spills and other environmental impacts. Rehabilitating these structures includes:

  • Removing and replacing the hydraulic control gates
  • Removing and replacing vault hatches
  • Improving ventilation, ladders, and other items for worker safety
  • Repairing deteriorated concrete
  • Replacing sanitary sewer pipe and improving odor control at selected sites

This project began in early summer 2021. It is scheduled to be completed summer 2024.

Project Map

Map showing project locations for the MEI Rehabilitation Project in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Project locations include: Marshall Street Northeast & 22nd Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis. 3rd Avenue Northeast & 5th Street Northeast, Minneapolis. Main Street Southeast & 2nd Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis. 2nd Street Southeast & 10th Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis. Oak Street & Essex Street, Minneapolis. Otis Avenue & Pelham Boulevard, Saint Paul.

Otis Avenue and Pelham Boulevard: continues through summer 2024

The MEI system rehabilitation work at Otis Avenue and Pelham Boulevard began in June 2022 and will continue through summer 2024. 

Rehabilitation work in this area will include:
  • Odor control improvements
  • Rehabilitation of sanitary sewer structures
  • Clean up and restoration of any disturbed areas

Project Updates

Project Update - June 13, 2024 (PDF) 121 kB

Project Update - March 15, 2024 (PDF) 360 kB

Project Update - January 18, 2024 (PDF) 193 kB

Project Update - December 22, 2023 (PDF) 265 kB

Project Update - November 14, 2023 (PDF) 267 kB

Project Staff

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

Project Contacts

For information, please contact:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 612-404-1343

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    Email: [email protected]

    Phone: 612-404-1343