MCES Sewer Forcemain Improvements

Project Background

The Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) currently operates a 24 inch sewer forcemain through the City of Wayzata. This forcemain handles sewer flows from the northwest portion of Lake Minnetonka, including Orono, Maple Plain, Long Lake, and Wayzata.

In 2006, MCES began discussions with the City of Wayzata to install an additional forcemain, to provide redundancy in their system.

In 2010, the 1st phase of the project was installed in coordination with the City of Wayzata’s Superior Boulevard and Lake Street improvements project. This project involved the realignment of the Superior Boulevard / Lake Street intersection, the replacement of several city utilities (sewer, water, storm sewer) and the installation of the MCES forcemain.

In 2011, MCES proposed future phasing of their forcemain installation. View a copy of their suggested phasing map (PDF). The suggested projects were described as follows:
  • Phase 1 – Broadway Avenue to Superior Boulevard - Completed
  • Phase 2 – Grove Lane to Broadway Avenue
  • Phase 3 – Superior Boulevard to Shady Lane (Bushaway Road)
  • Phase 4 – Highway 101 (Eastman Lane and Bushaway Road from McGinty Road to Grays Bay Bridge)

City Council Approval

The Wayzata City Council approved the phasing of this project, with conditions, via Resolution 26-2011.

Construction Updates

Construction of Phase 2 began in January of 2013 and was completed in early July 2013.

Phase 3 of the project, Superior Blvd to Shady Lane began in early July 2013 and was completed in 2014.

Phase 4 of the project, Eastman Lane and Bushaway Road from McGinty Road to Grays Bay Bridge, began in September of 2014 and will continue through November 2015.