Sewer District's Lick Run Project To Be Redesigned

Jul 15, 2015

This building, near Queen City Ave. and Ekardt, was torn down in 2013 to make way for Phase I of a new urban waterway in South Fairmount.
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

Hamilton County Commissioners approved funding Wednesday for the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) to work on design alternatives for part of the Lick Run project. But they aren't happy about it.

Lick Run is part of the federally mandated sewer system overhaul.

Utility Oversight Director Dave Meyer says Cincinnati has decided not to move forward with several parts of the plan, so it must be redesigned.

"That's going to take some time to be accomplished," says Meyer. "And as a result, the Board has asked MSD to figure out and evaluate alternatives to bring the project in on schedule, on budget, and match the requirements of the consent decree."

Meyer says the design had been nearly complete.

"It has been moving from about a 60 percent design in December almost to a 90 percent or possibly even a 100 percent design. But now we're going to drop back because of the road changes and have to redesign and the amount of time it's going to take to do that is yet to be determined."

The "road changes" include scraping a plan to convert Queen City and Westwood Avenues in South Fairmount from one way into two-way traffic.

While commissioners approved the funding request, they say the money must come out of the project's current budget.

The due date for the $244 million Lick Run plan is December 31, 2018. 

MSD says the entire consent decree project is on time and on budget.