Oak Park Heights Area Sewer Improvements

MCES Project No. 809094

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 - March 19, 2021 (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, is planning to make improvements to the regional sanitary sewer system in the cities of Oak Park Heights and Bayport. Work is anticipated to begin in mid-March 2021 with construction completed in Fall 2021.
Map showing the project area that runs along the west side of Highway 95.
This work will include installing a temporary above-ground wastewater conveyance system around the work site, replacing 300 feet of sanitary sewer pipe, replacing three maintenance access structures, constructing one new maintenance access structure, and rehabilitating the existing meter structure. Minimal traffic control is needed, but this work will require a temporary closure of the St. Croix Trail. Once the trail is closed, trail users should follow the posted detour route using Pickett Avenue North and 5th Avenue North (see map below).
Map showing the trail closure area on the west side of Highway 95, south of 56th Street North. The signed detour route uses Pickett Avenue North and 5th Avenue North.  There is an inlaid diagram with a side view of the trail detour, showing Pickett Avenue North with three separated lanes, one of which is the St. Croix trail detour lane.  The others are for southbound and northbound car traffic.

What is a temporary conveyance system?

Above-ground 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 along Highway 95. 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 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 pipes running aboveground between a grassy area and a long mound of dirt.  The pipes are buried at an intersection so as not to disrupt traffic.  Construction barriers and markers are visible in the background.Photo 1: Example of above-ground temporary wastewater conveyance pipes. Sometimes pipes are buried under intersections & driveways to maintain access during sewer work.

Project Updates

Project Update - March 19, 2021 (PDF) 622 kB

Project Staff


Project Manager: Bob Johnson, Area Project Manager, Interceptor Engineering
Council's Authorized Representative: Rick Russell, Principal Contract Administrator, Construction Services

Project Contacts

For information, please contact:

Rick Russell, Principal Contract Administrator, Construction Services
Phone: 651.602.8729
Email: rick.russell@metc.state.mn.us

Steve Kummer, Contract Administrator, Construction Services
Phone: 651.602.8913
Email: Steven.Kummer@metc.state.mn.us

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