Minneapolis East Interceptor (MEI) Rehabilitation

MCES Project 807643

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 - December 22, 2021 (PDF) and Main Street and 2nd Avenue Info Sheet (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, 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 in summer 2023.

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.

Current site locations

Main Street & 2nd Avenue

The MEI system rehabilitation work at Main Street and 2nd Avenue will begin on January 3, 2022. Rehabilitation work in this area will include:

  • Pavement removal and demolition of an existing out of service underground diversion structure.
  • Sewer pipe cleaning and rehabilitation of the diversion structure.
  • Clean up and restoration of any disturbed areas.

MEI Main Street and 2nd Avenue Info Sheet (PDF)

Marshall Street & 22nd Avenue: Summer to Winter 2021

The MEI system rehabilitation work at Marshall Street NE and 22nd Avenue NE began on August 9. Rehabilitation work in this area will include:

  • Removing pavement
  • Demolition of existing out of service underground vaults and sewer pipes
  • Cleaning and rehabilitation of sewer pipe using a spiral wound lining
  • Clean up and restoration of any disturbed areas.

MEI Marshall Street and 22nd Avenue Site Info Sheet (PDF)


Project Updates

Project Update - December 22, 2021 (PDF) 497 kB

Project Update - November 19, 2021 (PDF) 1.2 MB

Project Update - October 15, 2021 (PDF) 377 kB

Project Update - September 17, 2021 (PDF) 289 kB

Project Update - August 4, 2021 (PDF) 330 kB

Project Staff

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

Project Contacts

For information, please contact:

Email: info@meirehab.com

Phone: 612-404-1343

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    Email: info@meirehab.com

    Phone: 612-404-1343