Next phase of sewer work begins


By Nicole Cooke - [email protected]



Steve Rainsbarger, left of Site Rite Construction, discusses relocating water lines on a section of 11th Street and New York Avenue Wednesday morning with David Murray of the Sedalia Water Department. “Our work has been a little bit more difficult because we are dealing with several utility lines and we also can’t touch personal driveways or the streets,” Rainsbarger said. Murray was on hand to check the progress of the work and the water lines in the area.


Keven Kirkman, left, looks on as operator Brian Neel levels a site line near the sewer construction at 12th Street and Madison Avenue. The sewer project began earlier this week and is expected to be completed March 1. Crews work Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. “We’ll have it done James King, site superintendent, said. “Unless we have to continually fight the elements,” he added.


Neil Anderson uses a mini excavator to dig a 7-foot deep by 4-foot wide trench needed to relocate a city water line before new sewer lines can be placed throughout the city. Anderson was working at a site at 11th Street and New York Avenue. “The work has been going pretty good today,” Steve Rainsbarger said. “Yesterday we hit a lot of rock which slowed us down.”


A worker from Site Rite Construction uses a large excavator to remove dirt for a trench on 16th Street near Marshall Avenue. Multiple work crews began the eight-month project earlier this week. Motorists are asked to use caution in the work zones. “We may have to temporarily take down stop signs or other traffic signs,” Steve Rainsbarger said. “We’ll get them back up as soon as possible but we just want people to be aware and take a little more time during the construction period.”


By Nicole Cooke

[email protected]

Steve Rainsbarger, left of Site Rite Construction, discusses relocating water lines on a section of 11th Street and New York Avenue Wednesday morning with David Murray of the Sedalia Water Department. “Our work has been a little bit more difficult because we are dealing with several utility lines and we also can’t touch personal driveways or the streets,” Rainsbarger said. Murray was on hand to check the progress of the work and the water lines in the area.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tsd072315sewers1.jpgSteve Rainsbarger, left of Site Rite Construction, discusses relocating water lines on a section of 11th Street and New York Avenue Wednesday morning with David Murray of the Sedalia Water Department. “Our work has been a little bit more difficult because we are dealing with several utility lines and we also can’t touch personal driveways or the streets,” Rainsbarger said. Murray was on hand to check the progress of the work and the water lines in the area.

Keven Kirkman, left, looks on as operator Brian Neel levels a site line near the sewer construction at 12th Street and Madison Avenue. The sewer project began earlier this week and is expected to be completed March 1. Crews work Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. “We’ll have it done James King, site superintendent, said. “Unless we have to continually fight the elements,” he added.
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tsd052315sewers2.jpgKeven Kirkman, left, looks on as operator Brian Neel levels a site line near the sewer construction at 12th Street and Madison Avenue. The sewer project began earlier this week and is expected to be completed March 1. Crews work Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. “We’ll have it done James King, site superintendent, said. “Unless we have to continually fight the elements,” he added.

Neil Anderson uses a mini excavator to dig a 7-foot deep by 4-foot wide trench needed to relocate a city water line before new sewer lines can be placed throughout the city. Anderson was working at a site at 11th Street and New York Avenue. “The work has been going pretty good today,” Steve Rainsbarger said. “Yesterday we hit a lot of rock which slowed us down.”
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tsd052315sewers3.jpgNeil Anderson uses a mini excavator to dig a 7-foot deep by 4-foot wide trench needed to relocate a city water line before new sewer lines can be placed throughout the city. Anderson was working at a site at 11th Street and New York Avenue. “The work has been going pretty good today,” Steve Rainsbarger said. “Yesterday we hit a lot of rock which slowed us down.”

A worker from Site Rite Construction uses a large excavator to remove dirt for a trench on 16th Street near Marshall Avenue. Multiple work crews began the eight-month project earlier this week. Motorists are asked to use caution in the work zones. “We may have to temporarily take down stop signs or other traffic signs,” Steve Rainsbarger said. “We’ll get them back up as soon as possible but we just want people to be aware and take a little more time during the construction period.”
http://sedaliademocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_tsd052315sewers4.jpgA worker from Site Rite Construction uses a large excavator to remove dirt for a trench on 16th Street near Marshall Avenue. Multiple work crews began the eight-month project earlier this week. Motorists are asked to use caution in the work zones. “We may have to temporarily take down stop signs or other traffic signs,” Steve Rainsbarger said. “We’ll get them back up as soon as possible but we just want people to be aware and take a little more time during the construction period.”

The City of Sedalia’s sanitary sewer and collection treatment system project is nearing the home stretch, as all work must be completed by July 1, 2016, per an administrative order of consent from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Only a year remains on the $30 million project, which was started roughly five years ago. Now crews are working on the south side relief sewer project portion of the overall project, with work to begin on the north side in a few weeks, said Devin Lake, Public Works Project Manager.

On Wednesday, crews were working on replacing sewer lines near 11th Street and New York Avenue, 12th Street and Madison Avenue and 16th Street and Marshall Avenue.

“This is part of the relief sewer project. They are currently upsizing lines there to larger lines,” Lake said. “They will be moving south of there, a little north of 11th Street, and moving south toward the current yard waste facility on New York Avenue. That is their stopping point.”

The same project is slated to begin in a few weeks on the north side of town near the North Wastewater Treatment Plant, located off Georgetown Road. Lake said crews will move their way south, not going any further than Main Street.

She said the reason for upsizing city sewer lines is twofold.

“We can’t eliminate all stormwater that enters our system, so upsizing will help with capacity, and it’s also for the future,” she explained. “We have three treatment plants, which is very unusual for a city of our size. Hopefully in the future we can consolidate to two treatment plants or one plant to handle treatment. To do that, you have to plan for the flow when that occurs, so it’s kind of a double-edged sword why we’re doing this; it will increase capacity now for stormwater and increase capacity later for when we do consolidate our plants.”

Lake said this portion of work is scheduled to be completed in March 2016, several months ahead of the DNR deadline. She said that extra time will allow for monitoring.

“Everything is on schedule (to be completed on time),” Lake said. “The reason we want to be done by March is so we can have our rainy season to do flow monitoring to see our progress. We’re making that the drop dead date that it has to be completed and sewers must be functional by that date, so we can report to DNR, here’s what it was seven years ago, here’s the improvements we’ve made and we’ve decreased our flow by whatever that number may be.”

As the project progresses, residents should keep an eye out for closed roads due to the sewer construction, as Lake said they can expect to see more street excavation with this phase of the project than in the past. She said the roads are closed during the day for work, but open up at night to allow residents through. She also noted that local emergency services are made aware of all closings so dispatch can reroute emergency vehicles as necessary.

The final project from the order of consent will be the EQ2 project, which will see the construction of an equalization basin near 28th Street and New York Avenue. Work has not started on this phase.

“We can’t eliminate all inflow and infiltration that comes into the sewer lines, so during heavy rain events when the plants can’t handle the flow, it can be diverted to the equalization basin and stored there until the rain subsides and the plant goes back down to normal levels. Then we’ll release it into the plant and process it at that time,” Lake said.

“We have three current basins that we use, however we did not have the capability prior to this project being able to reroute that water back to the plant.”

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.

Sedalia Democrat

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.

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