Newton & Nelson Creeks Sewer Improvement

Project Description

Newton_Nelson_Project_LimitsIn 2017 twelve Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs) occurred in the City of Superior, of which six were located in the East End neighborhood. The overflows in the East End neighborhood were a result of a combination of factors: the gravity sewer system being overwhelmed due to inflow and infiltration, nearby creek levels overtopping the sanitary sewer manholes, and insufficient lift station pumping capacity due to the increased flow. 

During significant wet weather events, sanitary sewers adjacent to Newton Creek (along 25th Avenue East right of way) and Nelson Creek (along 30th Avenue East right of way) become inundated by stream flow. This inflow increases flow throughout the sewers and overwhelms the system.

The proposed project will significantly reduce infiltration and inflow to the Newton Creek & Nelson Creek trunk sewers by rehabilitating sewers and manholes, and by removing an above grade creek crossing. A new sewer is being installed in the 26th Avenue East Right-of-Way to further reduce flows to the Newton Creek sewer.

The project started in spring 2018 and is funded through the wastewater utility. The City is receiving a grant for 30% of the costs of the project, through the state Clean Water State Revolving Fund. No assessment will be charged to homeowners.

Project Timeline Estimate: 

Project Start: April 16, 2018

Estimated Project Completion: Nov. 30, 2018

Updates (as of 12/19/2018)

Total Project: 95% Complete

26th Avenue Sewer: 100% Complete

Newton Creek Trunk Sewer Manholes: 100% Complete

Cured in Place Piping: 100% Complete

Fire Station Entrances: 100% Complete

Road Construction: 100% Complete

Lift Station 5 Modifications: 90% Complete

Restoration and Revegetation: To be complete in late spring 2019

Project Contacts: 

Project Engineer - Donohue & Associates
Tracey Webb
(920) 803-7321

Project Contractor - Northland Constructors of Duluth, LLC
Lance Lindahl
218-625-2286 (office), 218-393-0712 (cell)

City of Superior’s Project Representative
Brett Gunderson
715-394-0392 Ext. 1004

City of Superior Collection Systems Engineering & Operations Manager
Erin Abramson
715-394-0392 Ext. 1015

Public Meeting - Completed April 10, 2018

A public informational meeting was held about the Newton Creek and Nelson Creek Trunk Sewer Improvements Project on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 at the Belgian Club. The meeting included a presentation about the project and provided an opportunity for citizens to ask questions or give input about the project.

Download the project brochure.

Contact the City’s project representative, Brett Gunderson, at 715-394-0392 Ext. 1004 or with any questions.