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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 11-10-2016

Howard Storage Basin (CSO Rack 22) Construction in Progress

Akron, Ohio, November 9, 2016—Construction began on the Howard Storage Basin (CSO Rack 22) Project on Sept. 12, 2016. The basin, which will hold up to 2.5 million gallons of overflow from combined sewers during heavy rain events, will be constructed near the corner of Howard Street and Cuyahoga Street, adjacent to the Ohio Canal Interceptor Tunnel (OCIT-1 Site).

The City had initially negotiated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to convert this storage basin project into a partial sewer separation / green project, in hopes of reducing the cost to taxpayers while enhancing environmental benefits.  However, the estimated costs of construction of the alternate sewer separation project escalated significantly, leading the City to determine that construction of the initial storage basin design was the most cost-effective option.

“The Integrated Planning process was designed to find the least expensive options with the greatest environmental benefits,” said Mayor Daniel Horrigan. “When the updated cost estimates for the alternate sewer separation/green project came in significantly higher than expected—higher than the cost of the storage basin—and when the construction risks increased, we made the responsible decision to return to our original plan. Our primary goal will always be to meet our environmental responsibilities at the lowest cost possible to our ratepayers.  Green alternatives will be pursued and used when they make sense in light of the respective benefit to the environment and the cost to the community.  In this case, it made sense to pursue the less expensive original option.”

Great Lakes Construction Company is the Construction Manager at Risk for the project. The project must be completed by December 31, 2017.

Residents near the basin may notice a slight increase in noise over the next couple of weeks, as the team drives steel sheeting into the ground to ensure the stability of the earth around the basin site and near the Little Cuyahoga River bank. The extra noise is temporary, and the City is working with the contractors to implement low-noise alternatives, whenever possible, during the duration of the project.

For more information, please contact Heather Bolestridge, AWR! Communications Manager, at (330) 375-2949 or by email at [email protected].

For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary / Assistant Director of Law
166 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308

Phone: 330/375-2325
E-mail: [email protected]

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