The Northside Project

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 The Northside Project include the following:

NSIT Plan
The Northside Project is among the last Akron Waterways Renewed projects within the City's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandated Consent Decree (CD). Once completed, the Northside Project will prevent combined sewer overflows from entering the Cuyahoga River during typical storms.

 

The temporary bypass pipe traverses under Cuyahoga Street for the Lower NSI Project.
The temporary bypass pipe traverses under Cuyahoga Street for the Lower NSI Project.

Lower NSITThe Lower Northside Interceptor (NSI) Lining Project is in full swing, with the project starting in early 2023.  The project is about halfway completed, with an anticipated completion date in the summer.  The existing Northside Interceptor that is being rehabilitated along Peck Road was originally constructed with bricks in 1930.  The project required that a temporary ‘bypass’ pipe be constructed beside the existing NSI.  In this way, the wastewater could bypass and completely remove flow from the existing NSI.  With the existing NSI being empty, that actual rehabilitation process can commence. 

 

 

 

Relocation of existing utilities has started along Riverside Drive for the Riverside Sewer Separation Project.
Relocation of existing utilities has started along Riverside Drive for the Riverside Sewer Separation Project.

RiversidePreparations for the Riverside Sewer Separation Project have been ongoing this spring.  You may be seeing construction occurring along Riverside Drive, which is related to the relocation of existing utilities.  Starting in the summer of 2023, new storm sewers will be constructed in the area.  Then the existing combined sewers will be ‘re-purposed’ as separate sanitary sewers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Existing utilities will be relocated north of the Front Street Bridge for the NSIT.
Existing utilities will be relocated north of the Front Street Bridge for the NSIT.

NSITThe design for the Northside Interceptor Tunnel (NSIT) was completed in Spring 2023.  The NSIT design

was tremendously detailed as it included 355 construction drawings, 1,622 pages of specifications, and 6,571 pages of additional information.  Due to the sophistication and complexity of the project, the City performed a pre-qualification process, and four contractors were selected to submit proposals.  Each of those pre-qualified contractors received the design documents and are currently assembling their proposals.  The City anticipates awarding a contract in late summer with construction starting in the autumn. 

In the meantime, existing utilities will need to be relocated to make room for structures that will be constructed as part of the NSIT.  Some of this utility relocation work will take place as early as this summer.  For example, you may see construction occurring along Front Street, just south of the Front Street Bridge this summer.  This construction will relocate existing utilities to make room for a large drop shaft that will be constructed in this area as part of NSIT.  

 

Riverside Dr Cross Section
The proposed Northside Interceptor Tunnel will be located 138’ underground as shown in this cross section.  This cross section is typical of the NSIT along Riverside Drive, with over 130 feet of shale and sandstone rock located above the tunnel.
 
CSO Rack 34
New storm sewers will be constructed throughout the neighborhood located within the red boundary.  Also, the existing combined sewer in this neighborhood will be “re-purposed” as a separate sanitary sewer.