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Posted on: May 15, 2020

Great Northern Trail Closed for Wastewater Project Starting May 18

Great Northern Trail Forcemain Sign PostedAs part of the Great Northern Trail Sanitary Forcemain project, the Great Northern Trail will be closed starting Monday, May 18. Led by Waste Management, Inc. in cooperation with the City of Elk River, this project consists of the construction of a wastewater conveyance system from the Elk River Landfill to the city’s wastewater collection system.

The landfill is located at the northern Elk River city limits, with wastewater that consists of leachate - a rain/snow melt that filters through the contents of the landfill and up until now has been captured and stored in on-site tanks and hauled to the Elk River Wastewater Treatment Plant. This project will construct a new lift (pump) station on the landfill site which will then be pumped through a new dual-lined wastewater pipe (beneath the Great Northern Trail) to as second new lift station at 221st Avenue, where it will then enter the city’s wastewater collection system for treatment as regulated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The wastewater forcemain will be constructed using direction drilling methods in order to minimize disturbance to the Great Northern Trail’s surface, however due to heavy construction presence in the area the trail will be temporarily closed to all pedestrian and bicycle traffic starting Monday, May 18. The trail will reopen in segments as construction progresses from the southern end (near Meadowvale Elementary School) to the north, with full reopening slated for fall 2020.

Bolton & Menk, a public infrastructure solutions company overseeing the project, will provide weekly updates to those who sign up for email notifications here. Additional project details including a map of the impacted area can be found on the city’s website. Be sure to follow Elk River City Government on Facebook for periodic updates on progress, closures and more.

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