Archive for Thursday, November 7, 2002

Money earmarked for Eudora financing east interceptor project

November 7, 2002

A $1 million phase in a plan to bring more efficient sewer service to east Eudora will be bid as soon as easements are secured and property issues are sorted out, project manager John Mitchell of Burns and McDonnell told the Eudora City Council Oct. 28.

The final construction design, Mitchell said, was essentially complete. He also said the state's open revolving loan, which the city is using to finance the project, had money earmarked for Eudora, so no matter how long the project took, the city wouldn't lose its funding.

"As time drags on, you (usually) see an increase in cost," he said. "But as of late we're seeing the rates go down."

Rapid development in Prairie Estates, the Intech Business Park and other areas in east Eudora have spurred the need for a better way to deliver raw sewage to the city's wastewater treatment plant, just west of downtown. Currently, sewage from Eudora east of Birch Street as well as south of Kansas Highway 10 must go west and then north to the plant.

"What's happening is the main sewer interceptor on the west side of town in the original design doesn't have a capacity to handle the east-side sewer," Mitchell said. "The main sewer interceptor that goes south to north is taxed."

Mitchell said the entire project called for a total of five pump stations to collect from the east side of Eudora, accomplishing two goals: alleviating the west side interceptor and identifying all sewage lines east of the ridgeline that could drain by gravity.

The project includes building a pump station and sewer line that connect to the south side of the Grandview Trailer Court and run a sewer line parallel to Seventh Street.

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