Sanitary Sewer Improvements

Sanitary ManholeThe City of Geneva will be making sanitary sewer improvements starting in fall 2021 in various sections of Geneva. Maps of the various work locations can be found on this page.

Manhole Rehab

The City will be replacing four sanitary manholes in three sections of Geneva this fall that will require traffic lane closures, two of which are located at the intersection of State Street (Route 38) and Third Street in downtown Geneva. The City has notified residents and business owners on State Street regarding the upcoming project. 

The following manhole project schedule is weather-dependent and traffic patterns are subject to change. Motorists are urged to use caution when driving through work zones:

State Third North Manhole Nov 8Nov. 8

Construction is scheduled to begin on the north manhole at State and Third streets. Traffic impacts for the day include: 

  • Westbound State Street traffic will be reduced to one lane from Second to Third Streets;
  • Motorists approaching the intersection will be prohibited from heading north on Third Street;
  •  Drivers heading southbound on Third Street toward Route 38 will be directed to use Hamilton Street to find an alternate route; and
  • Parking will remain open on State Street but will be limited on the west side of North Third Street during construction.

View the project map.

State Third South Manhole Nov 15Nov. 9

Operations shift to the south manhole at State and Third streets. Traffic control will remain in place for several days: 

  • Eastbound State Street traffic will be reduced to one lane from Fourth to Third Streets; 
  • Motorists approaching the intersection will be prohibited from heading south on Third Street;
  • Drivers traveling northbound on Third Street toward Route 38 will be directed to use James Street to find an alternate route; and 
  • Parking will remain accessible on State Street but will be limited on the west side of South Third Street during construction. 

View the project map.

Nov. 10

Construction crews move west to State Street and Grant Avenue. West State Street traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the next several days.

Nov. 11

Work begins on the final manhole project at Richards and Union streets. After construction is completed, concrete will be poured and need to cure for several days.

Nov. 12

Concrete will be poured at all three State Street locations. A metal plate will be placed over the south manhole at Third Street, and all lanes of eastbound traffic should be open. Traffic control will be shifted over to the north side of the street for the next several days as the concrete cures. Traffic impacts will be similar to Nov. 8.

Nov. 16 - Schedule Change

Due to cold weather conditions, asphalt paving has been pushed back from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16 at all four locations. Please pay attention to shifting traffic patterns during construction.

Following the pavement work, traffic control will be removed from all four manhole construction sites, and all lanes of traffic will be open. The intersection at State and Third streets also will be open. 

Sanitary Sewer Lining

Insituform Technologies, the City's contractor, will be cleaning and televising sections of the sanitary sewer system. Crews will be performing lining work to stop groundwater infiltration from entering the system and to correct structural problems.

A construction start date will be announced in the future. Residents living near the sanitary sewer project areas will receive a notification in advance prior to construction starting in their neighborhood.

The sewer improvement projects should not greatly impact adjacent residents. Crews will not need to enter homes, but the City requests residents to assist Insituform Technologies personnel by granting access to fenced yards containing sewers. A few homes may be individually notified not to use their sanitary services on the day of construction.

People may hear noises or gurgling sounds from their plumbing during the cleaning/televising process.

Storm Sewer Lining

The storm sewer lining projects are being done to fix cracks or correct significant structural problems. Residents living nearby should not experience any significant disruption from construction. A construction start date will be announced in the future.

Sanitary and storm sewer work will generally be taking place between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Construction is expected to be completed on all projects by February 2022, weather permitting.

The sanitary and storm projects are necessary to keep sanitary and sewer lines in proper working condition. The City appreciates the public's cooperation during the coming months.