Minnetrista Sewer Improvements Project

MCES Projects No. 808200 and 808330

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, is making improvements to the aging regional sanitary sewer system in the cities of Minnetrista and Victoria. These improvements will rehabilitate infrastructure, provide capacity for future growth, and increase reliability.  Construction work began in spring 2022 and will be completed by the end of 2024.

MCES will reconstruct three miles of sewer pipes along Highway 7 in Minnetrista and will renovate lift station L24 near the intersection of Highland Road and Highway 7. Lane and trail closures will be needed at times on and along Highway 7 and Highland Road. Driveways off Highway 7 will have periodic short-term closures during this project. Advance notification will be provided for any property access or local road impacts. Map showing the lift station at the north side of the Highland Road and Highway 7 intersection. The sewer pipe crosses to south side of Highway 7 from Highland Road to Kings Point Road. The pipe crosses to the north side of Highway 7 on the west side of the Kings Point Road intersection, where it connects to Lotus Drive.

Aboveground temporary wastewater conveyance pipes will be installed at select locations to ensure there are not disruptions to the sanitary sewer service during construction. You can learn more about this in the “What is a Temporary Conveyance System” section below.
The existing single sewer pipe will be replaced with dual parallel pipes. The lift station is 30 feet deep and houses three large sewage pumps. Wastewater is pumped from the lift station into the MCES wastewater collection system, which conveys flow to the Blue Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant in Shakopee. You can watch the video below to learn more about how lift stations work.

MCES will replace one of the existing sewer pipes with a larger pipe along the south side of Highway 5 in Victoria (see project map below). Work will occur from near the intersection of Victoria Drive (County Road 11) to just east of the Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail.
Victoria site map showing the sewer pipe running along the south side of Highway 5 from just west of County Road 11 to just east of the Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail.Lane and trail closures will be needed at times on and along Highway 5 to complete this work. No driveway closures are planned since crews will drill and tunnel pipe under the driveways.

Aboveground temporary wastewater conveyance pipes may be installed at select locations to ensure there are not disruptions to the sanitary sewer service during construction




Aboveground temporary wastewater conveyance pipes will be installed to ensure that there are no disruptions to sewer service while crews rehabilitate the regional sanitary sewer system. 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/minimize disruption. Property owners will be notified in advance if this is necessary. Diesel and/or electric 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.
Photos of aboveground temporary conveyance pipes running over grass and buried under a paved section of road.
Example of above-ground temporary wastewater conveyance pipes. Sometimes pipes are buried under intersections & driveways to maintain access during sewer work.


Sewer user fees fund operation and maintenance of the regional wastewater collection and treatment system, without reliance on tax dollars. MCES does not levy special assessments on property owners adjacent to our sewer improvement projects. These projects have a broader public benefit, and their costs are spread regionwide.

Project Updates

Project Update - June 1, 2022 (PDF) 207 kB

Project Update - April 27, 2022 (PDF) 198 kB

Project Update - April 15, 2022 (PDF) 215 kB

Project Contacts

For information, please contact:

Email: info@minnetristasewerimprovements.com

Call our project hotline: 952.491.9577

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