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MELBOURNE AVENUE – CLOSED AS OF FEB. 18, 2019
LMU’s multimillion-dollar Melbourne Avenue wet weather (stormwater) project began the week of February 4, 2019. This project will involve stacking two 10-foot diameter pipes under the roadway along Melbourne Avenue, from Eel River Avenue, east to 5th Street. They’ll also be constructing a pump station at 1st and Melbourne. Construction is expected to take about two years and Melbourne Avenue will be closed for the duration. Work that will close the intersection of 3rd Street and Melbourne Avenue for about a month is scheduled to take place after the Market Street bridge re-opens.
The project is part of a federal requirement to reduce overflows of wastewater into the rivers during heavy rainfall. The pipes will store water during heavy rains, then gradually release the water back to LMU’s sewage collection system to be treated at LMU’s wastewater plant.