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 has been temporarily halted for the remainder of 2017 due to concerns about sidewalk closures during the peak holiday retail season.
Construction is anticipated to resume in January 2018.
Although wastewater installation work will not occur for the rest of the year, we will need to monitor the condition of temporary sidewalk patches so workers may be present at times.
The Public Works Department will send an email notification to stakeholders several days in advance of work resuming.
The project’s schedule calls for 180 calendar days and 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