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.
Sept. 28, 2017 update
Due to special events over the next several weekends, the contractor will not be setting up traffic controls or working in the area. There may be some limited potholing (digging test holes to determine the location of underground utilities) on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
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