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Posted on: June 30, 2023

City begins sanitary sewer capacity improvement project near Doling Park


Construction on sanitary sewer improvements north of Doling Park has begun as part of a major effort to improve sewer capacity and reduce overflows along the Pea Ridge Creek in north Springfield.  City Contractor Rosetta Construction LLC was given notice to proceed on the project beginning June 26.  

Sanitary sewer improvements in the area will be split into two projects with the first stretching from Maranatha Lane to the northwest corner of Doling Park. The Doling Park Sanitary Sewer Project will replace roughly 6,900 feet of existing sanitary sewer main with larger diameter pipe, increasing the sewage capacity of the sewer collection system in the area. The path of the sewer main replacement will also require boring underneath Norton Road and I-44.

“The purpose of the project is to increase the amount of sewage that can flow through the sewer mains in this part of Springfield,” explains Project Manager Kim Brown. “The increased capacity will help alleviate sanitary sewer overflows during rain events and allow for potential  future growth around and upstream of the project.”  

Contractor Rosetta Construction LLC plans to begin with the extensive boring work on the north side of the project, which is expected to take several months, then work their way south to the park, explains Brown. Construction is anticipated to last one year.      

Motorists can expect traffic impacts during construction to be minimal, with the boring work not anticipated to impact traffic on Norton Road or I-44. Major sewer service impacts to surrounding properties are also not anticipated. 

Work in the northeastern portion of Doling Park is not scheduled to take place until winter of 2023 or spring of 2024. When construction reaches park property, the walking trail loop located north of the pond may be closed for a time and the southeast parking lot and sidewalk in the area may be impacted. The public will be notified of further construction impacts as the project progresses and details become available.   

The second project in the area, the Pea Ridge Sanitary Sewer project, is anticipated to bid out later this summer and begin construction after the Doling project wraps up. The project is planned to connect to the north section of the Doling Park Project, and follow along the north fork of the Pea Ridge Creek roughly between Heritage Avenue and National Avenue. The work will involve replacing approximately 5,500 feet of existing 12-inch sewer main with a new 24-inch main and 1,200 feet of 18-inch main will also be added to run parallel to an existing pipe to help add sewer capacity.

The combined cost of the projects is estimated at $8.6 million and will be funded using sanitary sewer reserve funds as outlined in the City’s Supplemental Overflow Control Plan. 

For more information, visit the project webpage at  

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Media contact: Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected] 

Learn more about the Doling sewer project.
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