Sewer Repair Completed Ahead of Schedule
INDIANAPOLIS – The intersection of Illinois and Maryland Streets in downtown Indianapolis will reopen today at 6 p.m. after crews completed repairing a more than 100-year-old sewer manhole structure that collapsed under the street on Thursday.
“We appreciate the community’s patience as our crews worked around the clock to complete the repair while ensuring public safety and continued utility service to the area,” said Jeffrey Harrison, President & CEO, Citizens Energy Group. “Completing this work so quickly would not have been possible without the great teamwork among our employees, the Department of Public Works, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Wilhelm Construction and material suppliers.”
In light of two sewer structure collapses since July 4, Citizens crews are conducting rapid inspections of all downtown sewer infrastructure to identify potential issues. Each year, Citizens inspects about 300 miles of its sewer system to identify potential problems and plan system improvement projects.
Citizens has been rehabilitating about 16 miles of sewer each year with an annual investment of nearly $20 million. Since acquiring the sewer system in 2011, Citizens has invested more than $1.2 billion in the utility to upgrade aging infrastructure, expand treatment capacity and for the ongoing construction of the DigIndy Tunnel System that will nearly eliminate sewer overflows to area waterways by 2025.