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Project to reduce overflow in St. Joe

– A large storm sewer project to keep sewage out of the St. Joseph River is less than a week from final approval.

The Board of Public Works on Wednesday approved a $3.8 million contract with Atlas Excavating for the St. Joe River CSO Relief Sewer, which will install nearly a mile of new sewer pipe and 1,000 feet of new storm sewer pipe and replace nearly 1,500 feet of water main.

Officials said the new pipe will reduce the number of times the sanitary sewers overflow into the river to once a year.

The work will take place between North Anthony Boulevard and Oswego Avenue, which runs along the St. Joseph River near Parnell Avenue. Officials said they are working closely with the businesses that line Anthony to minimize any disruption.

City Council members gave the project preliminary approval Tuesday night and are expected to give final approval next week so work can begin in June. The project will be done in three phases and is expected to be completed next spring.

The Board of Public Works also approved a change order that will triple the size of a long-awaited trail project on the city’s southeast side.

Greenways Manager Dawn Ritchie said the first phase of the Six Mile Creek Trail started out as a $371,000 project, but the regional transportation planning agency, the Northeast Indiana Regional Coordinating Council, awarded an additional $771,450.

The project involves construction of just under a mile of trail from the intersection of South Anthony Boulevard and South Phoenix Parkway at Southtown Centre north along Anthony to Tillman Road, where it runs east to Lemar Drive.

Eventually, the trail will follow the Trier Ditch to New Haven. Ritchie said this phase of the project, which will cost the city $240,000, will be designed this year and bid next summer and is expected to be complete by spring 2016.

Board members also approved moving forward with projects to repair concrete on Lower Huntington Road and curbs and sidewalks on Warsaw Street. Those projects will be bid in the next few weeks.