Sewer work to close Greenup starting Monday

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Construction equipment was staged at Tenth and Greenup streets earlier this week in preparation for Monday’s closure.

 

COVINGTON, Ky. - Greenup Street will be closed to traffic between Ninth and 10thstreets starting Monday at 7 a.m., weather depending. 

The closure, which is supposed to last a week, is part of a larger and ongoing project by Sanitation District No. 1 of Northern Kentucky to reduce sewage overflows and backups in the Eastside neighborhood.
 
Detour signs will be posted to direct northbound traffic around the site via East Robbins Street, Madison Avenue, and Eighth Street.
 
The street needs to be torn up to install new sewer lines underneath Ninth Street and 10th Street. A contractor for SD1, Dudley Construction, said it would have two utility installation crews “working in unison to expedite this process.”
 
The contractor said accommodations would be made for emergency vehicles and residents with special needs.
 
Greenup Street was reduced to one lane Friday as work began.
 
Why is this needed?
As in many of Northern Kentucky’s older communities, the existing drainage system in this part of Covington is an aging, outdated combined system in which one pipe carries both sanitary sewage from sinks, toilets, and showers in people’s homes and rain from gutters and street-corner catch basins.
 
During heavy storms, the system can be easily overwhelmed, causing partially diluted sewage to overflow into the Licking River and floor drains in basements to back up.
 
To try to head off threats to health and safety and property damage, SD1 is building a new storm water drainage system to separate rainwater from mixing with sanitary sewage.
 
The project, which began last fall, is taking longer than expected because of challenges caused by rain, unmapped underground gas lines, and unstable soil.
 
Questions or concerns about the project should be directed to SD1 at (859) 578-7450 or other contact information found HERE.
 
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