Riverview Sanitary Sewer Cleaning Project

MCES Project No. 808883

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Project Update: September 25, 2023 (PDF). See previous Project Updates below.

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Project Description

On September 7, 2023, Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) began cleaning approximately one mile of regional sanitary sewers in Saint Paul.

The cleaning work includes sewers paralleling Wabasha Street from the MCES sewer maintenance building just north of Cesar Chavez Street to Raspberry Island and continues under the Mississippi River to Kellogg Boulevard, as shown in the map below.

Crews began cleaning from the MCES maintenance building on Wabasha Street to the riverbank. This portion is expected to be complete by the end of September. Crews will then clean the portion of the project crossing the river to downtown Saint Paul. All work is expected to be completed later this fall. 

Map showing areas of sewer cleaning for Riverview Siphon project in Saint Paul.  Sewer vaults are shown from MCES siphon headhouse just north of Cesar Chavez Street to Raspberry Island and continue under the Mississippi River to Kellogg Boulevard.

MCES is committed to supporting clean water and a healthy environment, and maintaining regional sewers is an important part of doing so. This project will improve sewer capacity and prevent odors and corrosion.

During this work, crews clean sewers by entering access vault locations with specialized sewer jetting equipment. Following cleaning and removal of debris, the sewers are inspected to assess their condition.

Project activities include:

  • Removal of waste using jetting and tanker trucks
  • Cleaning and inspection of sewer conditions

Project Schedule

This project is estimated to be completed in fall 2023.

What to Expect

People who live or work near a sewer vault may experience potential odors, noise, and minor traffic obstructions during the maintenance in their area.


Project Updates

Project Update - September 25, 2023 (PDF) 133 kB

Project Update - September 6, 2023 (PDF) 253 kB

Project Staff


Project Manager: John Chlebeck, Principal Engineer, Interceptor Engineering
Council's Authorized Representative: Jennifer Adams, Principal Contract Administrator, Construction Services

Project Contacts

For information, please contact:

Email: info@riverviewsiphon.com

Phone: ‪612-208-6641

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    Contact project staff with questions or concerns about this project.

    Email: info@riverviewsiphon.com

    Phone: ‪612-208-6641