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  • Sewer plant expansion uses reed bed technology

  • Blue Springs and Grain Valley will be celebrating a successful partnership next week with the completion of the Sni-A-Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion project.

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  • Blue Springs and Grain Valley will be celebrating a successful partnership next week with the completion of the Sni-A-Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion project.
    The Sni-A-Bar Wastewater Sewer plant, 4600 S. Seymour Road in Grain Valley, is shared resource between the two Eastern Jackson County cities. Constructed in 1987, the plant started out offering a capacity of 3 million gallons per day. The plant underwent its first expansion in 2000 to accommodate the enormous growth Blue Springs had been experiencing. That expansion increased capacity to 6 million galloons per day.
    This latest expansion increased plant capacity to 10 million gallons a day and allows the plant to address environmental regulations and meet growth projections for the next 20 years.
    The ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Sni-A-Bar Wastewater Treatment plant.
    “This joint project between the city of Blue Springs and Grain Valley has been a huge success,” said Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross in a news release. “This expansion highlighted our desire to be environmentally sensitive, fiscally prudent and to collaborate on a mutually beneficial project.”
    The project incorporated an innovative ‘green’ solution for solid waste treatment, which reduces processing costs. The new green feature is the implementation of reed bed technology. These specially designed reed beds offer a simple, robust and cost-effective means of wastewater solids treatment. The reeds planted in the beds naturally pull out impurities found in the sludge and transforms a wastewater byproduct into a useable material, according the news release.
    The expansion of the facility has been funded by two bond issues approved in August 2008. The first question authorized the use of a $35 million revenue bond for sewer facility improvements to meet mandated environmental regulations and to take advantage of low-interest state financing. The second question authorized the issuance of $28 million in general obligation bonds for road and intersection improvements including the widening of Woods Chapel Road, improvements to Duncan Road at the Woods Chapel Road/R.D. Mize Road intersection, the extension of Moreland School Road to Liggett Road and improvements to the Colbern Road and Missouri 7 intersection.
    The treatment facility expansion is just the latest in a line long of projects that have been completed. In September 2010, the city completed the Moreland School Road to Liggett Road Extension Bond project. The Colbern Road and Missouri 7 intersection improvements followed in January 2012.
    And possibly one of the most anticipated projects is the Woods Chapel Road project. Not only is the first phase on schedule, but the entire project is about one year ahead of schedule. The project will include a diverging diamond interchange at the Woods Chapel Road and Interstate 70 interchange, which has already begun to take shape. Among the items completed include new storm, sanitary and water lines, a new signal at Duncan Road, reconfigured intersections at South outer Road and Valley View roads and a new commuter parking lot.
    Page 2 of 2 - The next portion of the project includes a new railroad crossing, the softening of the Woods Chapel Road curve into Lake Tapawingo and the realignment of the Mill Drive intersection. A roundabout will also be constructed at the Walnut Street intersection to help with traffic flow.
     
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