Wondering about the construction activity on 7th Street?
The 7th Street Sewer Project is a part of a larger downtown sewer up-sizing program that is designed to reduce flooding and increase localized storage capacity. The Department of Utilities project entails approximately 3,000 feet of large diameter combined sewer pipeline that runs along seven city blocks of downtown.
The project has taken longer than expected due to a number of unforeseen obstacles. Some delays were caused by conflicts with tunneling work and mismarked utilities. Currently, they have completed 85 percent of the pipeline installation and are finishing up the remaining work on 7th St. between L and K St., and L St. between 8th and 9th streets.
The sewer project has been in the works since September of 2014 and is scheduled to be completed late next month. As the project moves along, 7th Street is scheduled to be re-opened during the first week of August; L Street should be done by mid-August, followed by the completion of the project by the end of August.