ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Drivers in south St. Louis beware. The stretch of McCausland Avenue between Southwest Avenue and Arsenal Street is shutting down for two weeks. The shutdown is scheduled to start Monday, February 9th at 9 a.m. Weather permitting, the project is expected to completed in about two weeks.
The shutdown is part of a sewer improvement project. The project involves installing pipes with a 7 ½ foot diameter. The new pipes will be added to the existing system in an effort to alleviate backups, according to the Metropolitan Sewer District of St. Louis.
"There are sewer backups into basements a lot around here," said Dogtown resident Jennifer Farra.
"It's going to take the stress out of what is currently going in," said MSD spokesman Sean Hadley.
Hadley said MSD sent letters to residents warning them about the shutdown and offering alternate routes.
"Some of the projects are going to cause some inconvenience to the residents, but we're trying to prevent that as much as possible," said Hadley. "In the long run it's going to be an improvement for the sewer system."
The project is part of a series of improvements MSD calls Project Clear. Project Clear stemmed from a settlement with federal regulators as a way to address overflow issues. MSD agreed to spend $4.7 billion dollars on improvements during a 23 year period.