Equipment and orange barrels sit along Nine Mile Road, near Kensington Road, March 7. Work is expected to be completed on the Nine Mile Road sanitary sewer in the next few weeks. The construction project started in 2018.

Equipment and orange barrels sit along Nine Mile Road, near Kensington Road, March 7. Work is expected to be completed on the Nine Mile Road sanitary sewer in the next few weeks. The construction project started in 2018.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Nine Mile Road sanitary sewer project nears completion after 3 years

By: Brian Wells | Novi Note | Published March 11, 2022

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NOVI — After around three years of construction, the end is in sight for the city of Novi’s Nine Mile Road sewer construction project.

A press release sent Feb. 24 from the city’s Community Relations Department said that the contractor for the project, which began in January 2019, estimated about three weeks of work remained.

The remaining work includes connecting all individual residential grinder pumps and abandoning the force main. In the spring, the contractor will return to complete the restoration of the areas impacted.

In 2013, city staff identified the project as a high priority to eliminate the concern for redundancy of the Park Place pump station, according to the city’s website. Due to the station’s distance from the closest gravity outlet, if there were a failure on the existing force main, it could lead to service interruption or a major sewage overflow.

“If there were a failure at the pump station or on the existing force main, almost an entire section of users would lose service with no redundant outlet or option for sewer service,” Novi City Engineer Ben Croy said in an email. “This could result in a large environmental cleanup.”

The project involves the construction of sewer along Nine Mile Road between Kensington Road and Evergreen Court, which covers much of Nine Mile between Beck and Napier roads. This will result in a safer system that will also defend against any future system failures in the pump station or remaining force main, Croy said.

Pump stations are one of the most labor-intensive items in the system, Croy said.

Engineering for the project was approved in 2016, and work began in 2019. The project is a water and sewer capital improvement project and costs more than $9 million, Croy said.

Aside from vandalism and equipment failures, the project also encountered subsurface rock obstructions that created significant delays to the project timeline, Croy said. Initially the project was expected to be completed in a little over a year.

During the last few weeks of the project, motorists can expect one more road closure at Nine Mile Road and Evergreen Court, Novi Community Relations Manager Nathan Mueller said in an email. It won’t require a complete closure, so traffic will be directed by a flagger, he said.

Residents who have been impacted by the work have been in communication with the city since construction began, said Mueller.

“We appreciate their patience as this project’s duration far exceeded anyone’s expectation,” he said in an email.

Contact Brian Wells at (248) 291-7637 or bwells@candgnews.com.

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