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January 17, 1999


Ninth Street will be home to plenty of road work this year related to installation of new pipes for sewage, water and drainage.

Fresh pipes for sanitary sewage, water and storm drainage will cut through the heart of downtown this summer, and city officials want everyone to be aware of the size, scope and duration of the work.

Tuesday night, Lawrence city commissioners will learn all about the projects and what they will mean for customers, adjacent property owners and drivers in the area. The presentation is scheduled for the end of the meeting, which is set to begin at 6:35 p.m. at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts.

A public forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.

The biggest part of the project -- an estimated $1.86 million sewer line -- is set to connect Kansas University's Memorial Stadium with a pipe 1.3 miles away, which leads to the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Called a relief line, the sewer pipe will run along Alabama Street north of the stadium to Ninth Street, then go east to Connecticut Street, north to Eighth Street and east to pipes near the railroad tracks past Pennsylvania Street.

It's goals: relieve pressure on already undersized lines in the area, plus handle the peak flows from the stadium -- nearly 600 toilet flushes a minute -- once it opens for the 1999 football season after $26 million of expansion and renovations.

While the streets are torn up for the sewer work, city officials also plan to wrap up two smaller projects that have been in the works for some time.

The city plans to hire crews to install a drainage-improvement project along Ninth, from Vermont to New Hampshire streets. The project rated as the 12th highest priority in the city's 1996 Stormwater Management Master Plan, which estimated the cost at $137,000. The street floods during heavy storms, and "flooding of commercial buildings in the area has been reported in the past," the plan said.

A new waterline also will be installed in the area while the drainage work is ongoing. The existing pipe is old and potentially unreliable, officials said.

At Wednesday's meeting, city officials and hired consultants will be on hand to discuss preliminary designs and anticipated traffic effects involving the work.

City Manager Mike Wildgen said the projects were intended to be completed this year.

-- Mark Fagan's phone message number is 832-7188. His e-mail address is

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