• 'Major undertaking' with west side sewer improvements

  • Western Independence, they’re coming soon to a neighborhood near you: sewer improvements.

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  • Western Independence, they’re coming soon to a neighborhood near you: sewer improvements.
    The City Council Monday night approved a $2,642,714 contract with V.F. Anderson Builders for a major sanitary sewer project, just one of 10 sanitary sewer collection system improvements scheduled for western Independence throughout the next three years.
    District 4 Council Member Eileen Weir, who represents the city’s southwestern quadrant, called the project “a major undertaking in western Independence.” Weir and District 1 Council Member Marcie Gragg, who represents northwestern Independence, met with city staff last week to discuss the project and its potential impact on citizens.
    “It is going to be extremely disruptive to people who live in western Independence over the next period of time,” Weir said. “...It’s going to entail a lot jackhammering of the rock to get to our sewer lines and to expand the capacity of those lines. I don’t want to sugar coat it for anybody – it’s going to be very unpleasant for western Independence while this project is going on.”
    The approved project runs parallel to Rock Creek between Brookside and Sterling avenues and will include about 8,100 feet of large diameter sewer pipe installation to improve the collection system capacity, according to city staff. This first project, expected to start this winter, will take about seven months to complete.
    City officials will work together in trying to communicate to constituents the work being done, Weir said, adding that it’ll affect streets, parks and personal property.
    “It’s going to be dusty. It’s going to be loud, and it’s going to be very unpleasant while it’s happening,” Weir said. “Unfortunately, it’s just something that we are going to have to live through, but we will do our best to communicate with people where these projects are going to be taking place and give some sense of how long we expect them to last.”
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