The Blocks 2 and 4 Odor Abatement Project (CIPID 1255.021) will address public health and safety concerns resulting from an undersized grease interceptor and deteriorating sewer lines in the Second Street District.
It will replace the existing gravity wastewater lines, upgrade the current grease interceptor capacity, and replace the wastewater cleanout caps and assemblies located on the sidewalks. Work will generally occur in the two blocks adjacent to Austin City Hall.
Work is scheduled to take place from Friday, Feb. 9 at midnight until 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 12. Planned work for this weekend includes:
Continue installing wastewater line in Cesar Chavez sidewalk
Continue restoration work on Colorado – curb, pavers, cleanout covers
During retail business hours, the contractor will be allowed to work in Colorado. The west sidewalk will be closed, as well as the two western traffic lanes on Colorado between Cesar Chavez and 2nd Street. The east sidewalk and traffic lane will be open.
When retail businesses are closed, the contractor will be allowed to work in Cesar Chavez. In addition to the closure on Colorado mentioned above, the north sidewalk and the north, westbound traffic lane on Cesar Chavez will be closed. Pedestrians will be directed to use the south sidewalk, and westbound traffic on Cesar Chavez will be reduced to one travel lane.
Appropriate signage will be placed at all access points.
The project’s schedule takes into account downtown’s many special events. The contractor will either not work or work a reduced schedule during ACL, Formula One, and other significant special events scheduled in or near the project.
$634,000 – Funded by the Economic Development Department and the Austin Water Utility
What to expect during construction:
The majority of work will take place on weekends between 10 p.m. Friday night through 5 a.m. Monday morning
Traffic controls will be in place and will affect portions of San Antonio St, W Cesar Chavez St, Guadalupe St, Lavaca St and Colorado St.
Work will be completed in phases, allowing for traffic controls to be limited to one area at a time
Bike lanes may be detoured in project areas
Construction noise/dust during approved work hours
Odor, particularly when grease trap work is occurring
There will be uninterrupted sidewalk, but it may be protected by water-filled barriers