A sewer separation project in Alton is one step in a larger project that will eventually see a pavement overlay on a major east – west artery through town and a complete repaving of a nearby school parking lot. College Avenue in Alton is currently closed near Alton Middle School, and will likely be that way well into February.
Alton Public Works Director Bob Barnhart tells The Big Z the next step will involve the sewer lines under the parking lot at the middle school.
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The city and the school went through lengthy negotiations before deciding to split the cost of the project. A need to do the work came to light when a culvert collapsed under the back parking lot at the school. That resulted in damage to the parking lot, and the flooding of nearby properties.