WOOD RIVER - The long-anticipated three-four sewer separation project commenced in the West Jennings area of Wood River, marking a significant milestone for the city. On Tuesday morning, June 4, 2024, workers were seen operating a large crane at the site, initiating the first phase of the extensive infrastructure upgrade.

"This is a massive project for the City of Wood River," said City Manager Steve Palen. "Today, we do have a crane moving some manholes."

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The comprehensive sewer separation project, which began its planning stages in 2017, is estimated to cost $20 million for the entire city. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has committed to covering 75 percent of the project's expenses, significantly alleviating the financial burden on the city.

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Palen highlighted the project's importance and the city's efforts to ensure its successful execution. He also mentioned plans for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the project's initiation once many residents return from their vacations.

"We don’t get a project this big very often so it should be commemorated," Palen said.

The sewer separation project aims to enhance the city's infrastructure, addressing long-standing issues and preparing Wood River for future growth and development.

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