April 30, 2020- To give you an idea of the scope of the project -- this photo shows the depth of the work for the consolidation sewer. 

76480 2020 04 22 Work Site Looking North from South side of SG Structures ERS Pit

Project Information: The Rudisill Consolidation Sewer is a near-surface sewer that will capture combined sewer overflow and convey it to the Three Rivers Protection and Overflow Reduction Tunnel (3RPORT). The existing sewer pipes are below grade at the intersection of Rudisill and Broadway. Currently, two combined sewers that carry both sewage and stormwater dump an average of 392 million gallons of combined sewage into the St. Marys River per year.  The consolidation sewer will divert the flow from the two pipes and transport it to a drop shaft that will connect it to the 3RPORT.

Estimated Completion Date: Spring 2021
Contractor: FA Wilhelm Construction Inc.
Project Investment: $6,000,000

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Traffic Detours

For the safety of workers, residents and motorists, the intersection of the project will be closed for up to ten months during the construction of the project.

Foster Park will remain open during construction and is accessible via vehicle coming from the south, only.

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Project Facts

  • The existing combined sewer pipe getting diverted is 126-inches in diameter.  It’s the largest in the City.
  • On average, this outfall discharges 392 million gallons of combined sewage into the river per year.
  • Currently, the pipe overflows to the river 72 times per year. We’re hoping to lower that number to less than 4 times per year.
  • The current drainage system has been in place since 1933.
  • This is part of the 18-year Long Term Control Plan, to protect the rivers of Fort Wayne.