Sewer job planned in southern FD

A $2.2 million sewer replacement project will cause some traffic restrictions but will help eliminate sewage backups in a southern Fort Dodge neighborhood, engineers told the City Council Monday.

City Engineer Chad Schaeffer told the council that bids from contractors interested in doing the work will be sought next month, and construction is expected to begin in April.

Sections of Sixth Avenue South and South 19th Street will be the sites of the work.

The project will consist of these steps:

  • Installing a new 30-inch diameter sanitary sewer line under Sixth Avenue South between 17th and 19th streets.
  • Installing a new 15-inch diameter sanitary sewer line under 19th Street between First Avenue South and Sixth Avenue South.
  • Placing a new 8-inch diameter water line under both streets.

While the work is under way, people who live on Sixth Avenue South and South 19th Street will have to use alleys to reach their homes. Fifth Avenue South will be limited to one lane of traffic in each direction while the sewer and water main work is being done at its intersection with 19th Street.

”There’s no doubt this is a much-needed project,” said Councilman Dean Hill.

The sanitary sewer line under South 19th Street is prone to overflowing during rainstorms, prompting city crews to place pumps at manholes to remove the excess water.

Schaeffer said money from a $6 million low interest loan the city received from the state will pay for the work. That loan will be repaid with revenue from sewer bills.

Derick Anderson, the local manager of McClure Engineering Co., said the project is the first one to be planned as a result of a major sanitary sewer evaluation survey that began in late 2010.