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Plan targets problem area

Lift Station No. 5 in East End remains a problem area for Superior's sewer system.

In March 2016, it halted what was a record for Superior — more than a year without a sewer overflow.

In late August and earlier this month, it was the city's problem area when three inches of rain drenched the area with each storm. It was worse in October, when already saturated soils were inundated once again.

The city has a plan to address the problem.

Superior's Public Works Committee heard a presentation of the proposed fix, expected to be let for bid by the end of the year and awarded next spring.

The estimated $2.1 million project would line existing sewers built more than a century ago to eliminate root intrusion and stormwater flowing into sanitary sewers in the areas of Newton and Nelson creeks, according to the presentation given by Tracy Webb, the design engineer with Donahue and Associates, which was tasked with the design. Manholes would also be moved to make it easier for the city to access for maintenance.

The project could benefit from about $650,000 in forgivable loans from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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