Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MSD Plans to Use Explosives in Ladue for New Sewer

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MSD Plans to Use Explosives in Ladue for New Sewer

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The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District plans to blast as deep as 30 feet below ground in Ladue for a new trunk sewer along Deer Creek.

Currently, there are seven sewer pipes that pour sewage into Deer Creek in events of heavy rain, Ed Sweet, a design consultant hired by MSD to work on the trunk sewer, said at a meeting Thursday night at Ladue's City Hall. This new large sewer would end the need for those pipes and stop those sewage flows into the creek, MSD says.

MSD hopes to get its board approval for this project in the winter of 2018. Construction would likely take place from the spring of 2018 to the fall of 2020.

The planned blasting in Ladue is the second phase of a four- phase, $4.7 billion project called Project Clear to construct a 20,000-foot-long trunk sewer from Webster Groves and Brentwood through Rock Hill to Ladue. The sewer will range from 4 to 6.5 feet in diameter.

MSD started Project Clear in 2012 to reduce its sewage overflows into creeks and rivers, as mandated by a Department of Justice consent decree after an Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit in 2007. …

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