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Sanitary Sewer Maintenance

Avatar photo by Casey Woods, Executive Director | April 2, 2019

Sewer Project Update November 21:

Sewer Project Update November 7:

Sewer Project Update October 11:

Sewer Project Update September 19:

Sewer Project Update August 15: 

ESB alley and Library schedule to pour concrete today (8/15/19). ESB open on Saturday by 5pm and Navrat’s alley is scheduled to begin on August 20th.

Sewer Project Update August 1:

The Sewer Project Crew will be working at 9th in Market this week and next. Starting next week, they will be on the east side of the Emporia Public Library. Beginning on August 12th, the project will move to the alley intersection directly south if ESB Financial.

Sewer Project Update July 17:

Utility solutions will be working in the alley north of 8th between Commercial and Mechanic. Utility solutions will also be in the alley at 7th between Market and Union.

Sanitary Sewer Project Update for June 24- 28:

The Sanitary Sewer Project Crew will work on 12th Avenue between Merchant Street and State Street on the week of Monday, June 24th through Friday, June 28th.  Substantial traffic mitigation activities will occur within the 12th Avenue area during the repair period.

Sewer project update for the time period June 17 through June 21

Work will proceed on 12th Avenue west of Mechanic Street to State Street throughout the week, and traffic lanes will be reduced as a result.  The 1000 Block alley between Merchant and Constitution Streets will have sewer line tap repairs and infill work that will reduce or eliminate alley traffic.  East Street between 9th and 6th Avenues will have repair work that will reduce traffic in the area.  Between Market Street and Union Street in the 600 and 700 Blocks alley-based sewer repair work will occur that will reduce or eliminate alley traffic.

Sewer updates 6/7/19

On Friday, June 6th, the sewer project will move to working in between Sylvan and East. Starting at the beginning of the week June 10th, it will move to 10th and Sylvan and also from Merchant to Constitution. From Tuesday, June 11 to Friday, June 14 the project with be from 12th to West.

City of Emporia Downtown Sanitary Sewer Media Release 5/14/19


The City’s sanitary sewer contractor will be working in 12th Avenue at Highland Street beginning the week of May 13, 2019.  12th Avenue and Highland Street will be closed to through traffic and a detour route will be setup for both streets.  This work is tentatively scheduled to last up to a week (weather permitting).

Sewer updates 5/13/19

Sewer Project Updates 4/24

Work has begun on the City’s downtown sanitary sewer project and will continue until June 2020. The main project area is approximately South of 12th Avenue, East of Congress St., West of Union St., and North of the railroad tracks. Construction work will mostly be within the City’s alleys and some streets.

Adjacent parking lots and alleys will have restricted access when the contractor is in the immediate area.  Alley refuse services may be relocated and will be coordinated with Sanitation crews when necessary during construction. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic is asked to use caution while in the immediate area of the construction project. Updates will continue throughout the construction period to keep the public informed and safe. For further information please contact City of Emporia Engineering at 343-4260

Updated impact areas for the sewer lining project:

Current work areas include the alley between Merchant Street and Constitution Street in the 1100 Block.

From April 22nd-26th the alley between Commercial Street and Merchant Street in the 1100 Block, the alley between Merchant Street and Constitution Street in the 1000 Block, and the alley between Market Street and Mechanic Street in the 300 Block will be impacted.

From April 29- May 3rd, West 12th Avenue between Merchant Street and State Street will be impacted. During construction, traffic may be reduced to accommodate for machinery and crews working within the aforementioned areas.

This is a rehabilitation construction project of the existing sanitary sewer collection system.  This will include manhole improvements, main line repairs, interior lining of the main line, and service line connection repairs.

The contractor will be in each alley multiple times as the sequencing of the rehabilitation construction will require coordination to provide the best long-term improvements.  The typical work that the contractor will perform and will require multiple different times for work completion:

  1. Closed Caption Television “CCTV” (video) of the sanitary sewermains to determine the state of the existing main line and taps.
  2. Excavation for service tap repairs
  3. Excavation for main line repairs
  4. Lining of the sanitary sewermain line
  5. Pavement restoration and final clean up

This will require multiple set ups and work in each alley to perform the work in accordance to design and specification requirements.


City of Emporia Engineer Department

Jim Ubert, City Engineer

522 Mechanic St.

Emporia, KS 66801


Date 10-18-18

City of Emporia – Downtown Sanitary Sewer Collection System Project

Dye Testing Assistance

The City of Emporia is currently in the evaluation process to design the maintenance of the sanitary sewer collection system in the Downtown Area of the City.  The sanitary sewer collection system (manholes and underground pipes) are mostly located in the alleys.

City staff, BG Consultants staff, and Mayer Specialty staff will be conducting a dye test to identify active and open sanitary sewer service lines in the project area.  They will be knocking on doors and asking for your assistance to flush a dye table down your sanitary drains so that a CCTV can identify the active lines in the system.

They will start work October 29th and plan to work two weeks, ending on November 9th.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience, but this work is necessary to evaluate the active sanitary sewer lateral connections to the City’s sewer system.

An attached map shows the area to town that they plan on dye testing.  The general area is bordered by 12th Avenue to the North, 3rd Avenue (RR tracks) to the South, Congress Street to the West and Union Street to the East.

Please feel free to contact the City Engineer Office at 620-343-4260 or the Emporia Main Street Office at 620-340-6430 should you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your patience and assistance in this public infrastructure improvement project.

Click the link below for a pdf of the public presentation 12/11/18

Final public presentation for downtown sewer project

About the Author

Casey Woods, Executive Director

Before accepting the director position in March of 2009, Casey worked in both retail and agricultural jobs in the family businesses. A lifelong resident of the Emporia Area, Casey was a ten year volunteer for Emporia Main Street prior to his appointment as director. During that time he served as the board president and chair of the Economic Vitality Committee.

Casey also serves as a partner in PlaceMakers, LLC, a consulting firm that routinely works with both large and small communities, and their businesses, to promote sustainable economic growth through community and economic development practices. Casey consults with businesses, organizations and communities to understand their market capacity and fill vacant spaces. He has been involved in two projects that included crowdfunding as a part of their overall business funding strategies, Radius Brewing and Twin Rivers Winery & Gourmet Shoppe.