The City of Evanston will soon begin rehabilitation of a section of combined sewer that is under Davis Street between Sherman Avenue and Orrington Avenue as shown on the attached location map. This work is part of a multi-year effort to improve the reliability of critical large-diameter combined sewer mains in several areas of the City, and is being completed in preparation of the Fountain Square Renovation Project.

The construction crew plans to mobilize and set up traffic control on Monday, October 17, 2016, and complete work by the close of business on Friday October 21, 2016.

Project Details
The work includes rebuilding 60 linear feet of 48-inch diameter sewer from the inside of the pipe using a process that generally requires little or no excavation, and work can be completed much faster and at a lower cost than if the sewers were excavated and replaced.

The process will require reconfiguration of traffic in the area to provide access to the sewer and accommodate construction equipment. Highlights of the traffic control plan are listed below.

  • No left turn will be permitted onto Davis Street from northbound Orrington Avenue
  • Westbound vehicle and bicycle traffic will be sharing the road on Davis Street between Sherman Avenue and Orrington Avenue
  • Pedestrian traffic will remain open, protected from the construction area with temporary snow fencing and ramps to cross over hoses and equipment as needed.

Work is not expected to impact sewer service in the area. However, because of the work, some odors may be noticed indoors. To keep odors out of your building, pour a gallon of water into each basement floor drain. This keeps the “trap” full and prevents sewer gases from coming into the building. Because the water in the drain trap evaporates, this practice should be done regularly. 

The contractor for this project is Kenny Construction Company, 2215 Sanders Road, Suite 400, Northbrook, IL. 

City Monitoring
This project is monitored by the City’s Capital Planning & Engineering Bureau. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Paul Moyano, P.E., Senior Project Manager at 847-448-8217 or