The Locust project involves construction of new sanitary sewers and conversion of the existing combined sewer into a storm sewer. It also entails laying new water main. The sewer portion of the project, with nine phases, is projected to cost nearly $14 million and last through most of the decade. Financing comes from low-interest loans provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Phase 1 was completed in 2013. Here are the maps for this phase. Locust-Colton CSO: Location Map
Phase 2 of the “Locust/Colton CSO Elimination and Water Main Replacement Project” continues the multi-phase project, begun in December of 2011, to eliminate the combined sewer overflow (CSO) at Locust and Colton Street. Check on plans for Phase 2 construction.
A CSO can occur when storm water run-off combines with the sanitary flow, usually during a heavy rain event, and discharges to an open body of water such as a creek or stream. This project continues the work of installing new sewer lines to separate the sanitary flow from the storm flow so that all sanitary flow is treated at the Bloomington Normal Water Reclamation District (BNWRD) Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) prior to being discharged to Sugar Creek. In addition, older water main will be replaced within the project limits while the area is under construction.
Construction plans and bid documents are 95% complete. The project is currently on hold because of funding issues. Once funding is resolved, the City will hold a public meeting to allow residents to hear details about the project and take look at the construction plans. Residents will be able to ask questions about how the project will impact their property. Click here for an overview map of the Phase 2 project limits.