A busy intersection will be closed to traffic for approximately three weeks due to sewer line construction. Starting Monday West Fifth Street Road, the Greenbelt and the Jack C. Fischer Park entrance will be closed in front of the park for installation of a new sewer line.
Executive Assistant to the mayor, Adrienne Carrico said this project is expected to continue through Sept. 2.
“There will be no access to the park for the duration of the closure,” Carrico said. “A detour will be appropriately marked for this closure. Please use caution and attention while driving in this area.”
According to the Regional Water Resource Agency (RWRA) Director of Engineering Sean O’Bryan, this sewer line installation has been a long time coming.
“It connects through the parks between Parrish Avenue and Bittel Road,” O’Bryan said. “We should be finishing up later this fall.”
Currently, sewer lines that run through highways 81 and 56 in west Daviess County get pumped to the Horse Fork pump station on the east side of town, O’Bryan said. This sewer line installation is being done in the effort to have sewer lines on the west side of town run to a station on Ewing Road.
“It will allow the east plant to have more capacity,” O’Bryan said. “Instead of going through a combined sewer system, we can intercept it and take it directly to the sewer system. It will minimize sanitary overflows.”
How long this project and road closure lasts all depends on the weather.
“It’s a good, dry time of year for this work, but it’s been one of the wettest years on record,” he said. “Contractors expect it to take three weeks, but it depends on the amount of groundwater we come into.’