Lift Station One Upgrade

Last updated on September 18, 2020

Intersection of South Street and Mills Avenue. Lift Station Project Sign Visible

The construction of Lift Station One will replace two aging lift stations and provide improved efficiency and reliability into the foreseeable future.

The city is committed to reliable and efficient sanitary sewer service. To maintain that commitment, the Public Works Department contracted Wharton Smith to construct Lift Station One.

During the project, the contractor will install a new 36" inch gravity sewer line and a 24" inch sanitary force main.

The new modern lift station will replace two aging lift stations. Reducing the chance of future problems. Once the project is complete, lift station one will provide better efficiency and reliable sanitary services into the foreseeable future.

Tentatively Monday, May 25, 2020, the city’s contractor Wharton-Smith will begin the decommission and demolition for two existing lift stations. The two stations are on E. South Street on a city owned parcel that is close proximity to the westbound lanes for SR-408. The decommission and demolition for the older existing lift stations are a part of the project scope for the city's new Lift Station One. We expect to complete demolition in four weeks.

In the last week of April, Wharton-Smith began preparing the parcel and staging equipment for the demolition. Once the project begins, constituents will notice an increase in activity within the area. Wharton-Smith will use heavy equipment to safely and methodically demolish the lift stations. The contractor will make a conscious effort  to avoid working on weekends, nights, or using special vibratory equipment during this phase of the project. We do not anticipate the use of overly noisy equipment. However, there is potential for an increase in noise during project hours. Project hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please know adverse weather and unforeseen circumstances can create delays or prolong the project.

Construction of the new lift station facility will have minimal direct impact on homeowners in the immediate area. City residents living close to the project site may experience an increase in noise. 

Once the Mills Avenue closure goes into effect, commuters will experience a road closure on Mills Avenue between South and Anderson Street. Likewise, pedestrian traffic will experience detours and closures to avoid potential hazards in an active construction zone. We estimate the closure will be in place for three months.

Project hours are between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. There may be opportunities for weekend and overnight work. Adverse weather and unforeseen circumstances can create delays that increase the project's duration. 


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