A Long Slow Separation

May 24, 2012
— Today's first-graders will be high school graduates — or perhaps even college graduates — by the time the West Hill Area Sanitary and Storm Sewer Separation project is complete.

Even the longest journey begins with a first step, and so work on the first phase of the project — expected to cost $40 million-$60 million by the time all phases are complete sometime between 2024 and 2028 — is set to begin Monday, June 4.

City officials; Stanley Consultants, which designed the project; and the contractor, Langman Construction of Rock Island, Ill., told a small crowd Wednesday during an informational session that work will involve digging trenches up to 20 feet deep to construct new sanitary and storm sewer lines.

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