Van White Memorial Boulevard Displaced Interceptor Pipe Repair

MCES Project No. 807648

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 Completion Notice - December 11, 2019.  See Project Updates below.

The emergency sewer repair work on this project is complete. Construction site restoration and final striping are expected to take place in spring 2020. If you have further questions about this project, please contact us by email at or call Tim O’Donnell, MCES Project Citizen Liaison, at 651-602-1269.


Project Description

In fall 2019, during Metropolitan Council Environmental Services' (MCES) cleaning of Interceptor 1-MN-320 in the Harrison neighborhood of Minneapolis, inspections revealed that the top of the pipe had sunk.  1-MN-320 was a brick arch tunnel built in 1894 and measuring approximately 7 feet wide by 7 feet tall.  The most severe area of failure was approximately 80 feet long, located under Van White Boulevard.  

Repair work included uncovering the top of the pipe to remove debris from the old pipe, laying a new pipe through the deteriorated area, and grouting it in place. The roadway has been reconstructed and final striping and boulevard restoration will take place in spring 2020.

Project Updates

Project Update - December 11, 2019 (PDF) 194 kB

Project Update - November 18, 2019 (PDF) 299 kB

Project Update - October 4, 2019 (PDF) 716 kB

Project Update - October 2, 2019 (PDF) 565 kB

Project Contacts

If you have any additional questions about this project, please contact:

Tim O'Donnell, Citizen Liaison
Metropolitan Council Environmental Services

Phone: 651.602.1269