Groundbreaking-3Mayor Mike Moore and The City of Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission invite the public and all media to attend the groundbreaking for Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Storage Interceptor Phase I project which will take place Tuesday, June 16th at the corner of 9th and Indiana Streets in Jeffersonville.

This project is the construction of approximately 660 feet of 72-inch diameter combined sewer pipe, beginning on the south side of 10th Street at the end of an existing 72-inch pipe that connects 50 the 10th Street at the end of an existing 72-inch pipe that connects to the 10th Street Pump Station.

“We are now on our way toward completing our cost-saving plan that will solve our City’s long-standing issue and bring Jeffersonville into compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mandate. I am looking forward to breaking ground on Phase One of this important project,” said Mayor Mike Moore.

The design team is comprised of: Jacobi, Toombs & Lanz. Inc., consulting engineers and land surveyors; Clark Dietz, Inc. and Strand Associates, Inc. The contractor is TSI Paving. The total cost of the project is $2,000,000.

The purpose of the project is to install the first phase of the CSO Storage Interceptor project, allowing for the development of the Gateway project,Groundbreaking-1 and commencing the federally mandated EPA project to reduce the number of CSO discharge events to the Ohio River and to Cane Run Creek, thus enabling the City of Jeffersonville in complying with their CSO Long Term Control Plan which was approved by the U.S. EPA and IDEM on April 15, 2011, and the Consent Decree by the Department of Justice, which became effective on November 24, 2009.

The new 72-inch pipe runs from 10th Street to the south, crossing under the L&I Railroad Tracks and to the south side of 9th Street. The pipe then turns and runs east and terminates just to the west of Indiana Avenue, where in the future, the rest of the CSO Storage interceptor will be connected. In addition to the 66 feet of 72-inch diameter pipe, approximately 220 feet of 36-inch combined sewer pipe will also be installed. The 36-inch sewer pipe will run parallel to the 72-inch pipe, from Indiana Avenue back west toward the point where the 72-inch swere turns and runs under 9th Street.

Background:
In 2013 to address the unfunded EPA mandate due to combined sewer overflows, Mayor Moore commissioned an independent review of Jeffersonville’s prior plan to become compliant with the EPA.

The independent review commissioned by Mayor Moore resulted in identifying a more efficient and cost-saving ways to solve the problem. Instead of spending $69 million to build a canal – money The City simply did not have, Jeffersonville will construct an underground sewer interceptor that will bring Jeffersonville into EPA compliance. In addition, there will be construction of a new retention pond for storm water runoff in downtown which will serve the both practical purpose of solving a long-standing drainage problem and will also create a tremendous economic development opportunity.

When it rains, a combined or sanitary sewer overflow is likely to occur in the City of Jeffersonville. Combined sewage may be discharged into the Ohio River and/or Cane Run, which could result in elevated bacteria levels. Sewage or Wastewater may be in this water during or for several days after periods of rainfall or snow melt. People who swim in, wade in, or ingest this water may become sick.

For more information about the Combined Sewer Overflow Long-Term Control Plan, please visit cityofjeff.net. Click on Government and click on Wastewater Department.

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