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With no approval yet for a sewer rebuild, Akron is taking what steps it can
Maple street between Market and Smith will be closed to traffic for about four days
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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Downtown Akron in early morning. The center of a 13 community area served by Akron sewers. Along with major system re-engineering like creating massive holding facilities and expanding processing plants, the city has smaller projects in mind such as a series of overflow relief tunnels
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Crews will be drilling for soil samples near Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s high school.  Engineers are studying a route for a proposed sewer tunnel to the little Cuyahoga---a relatively small project that may end up part of a very big undertaking. WKSU’s Tim Rudell explains.

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Akron has a sewer problem. Back when its system was designed nobody worried about heavy rain flooding some sanitary sewers and spewing untreated water into area streams.  Now they do. The federal and state EPAs are demanding a massive rebuild, and Federal Judge John Adams is still deciding if that will be enough.

But overload relief tunnels, like what may go under the West Market and Smith streets area near the high school, are needed anyway so the city is starting on them. 

Mayor Don Plusquellic says just getting the sewer revamping going has been difficult.  “We had an agreement with the state of Ohio ten years ago.  Then we had another agreement, finally, with the federal government.  We took that to the judge and he turned it down.  If they would have approved it, we would have been half way done by now.”  

The 15-year rebuild could cost $890-million dollars and double monthly bills for the nearly a third of a million Akron sewer customers in the metro area.


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City Council gives Akron sewer project green light
Thursday, July 14, 2011

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

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