By Sue Botos
Work on the current phase of the Hampton Road interceptor sewer project is going well, according to city officials. However, residents should be aware of potential traffic snarls in the upcoming weeks as construction progresses to the intersection of Detroit Road and Smith Court.
Safety service Director Jim Linden reported at the July 25 City Council meeting that work on Smith Court, which runs north-south between Detroit and Lake roads, began two weeks ago, and is moving along despite a few minor setbacks. He predicted that the project would reach the intersection in mid-July.
“From mid-July to mid-August there will be one-way traffic,” Linden said. The area will be monitored by traffic lights, he added. Police officers will direct the flow during times of heavy use, such as the afternoon rush hour.
“We’ll try to get this done as soon as possible,” said Linden. The project is being undertaken to replace and improve drainage in the area of Hampton Road, north of I-90, as well as correct “inverted sewers,” which allow stormwater to mix with sanitary sewage. Linden explained at an earlier meeting that the area also has no overflows, which help direct stormwater away from homes. He said this combination has caused flooding on Riverview and other streets running east-west between Hampton and Wooster roads.
Many of the old sewers date back to the late 1910s, according to Linden, including a combination storm and sanitary sewer that runs beneath Herb’s Tavern on Detroit.
The current phase of the project calls for removal and replacement of storm and sanitary sewers, plus the replacement of curbs and driveway aprons on Smith Court, part of Detroit and sections of the Riverview Shopping Plaza. Ingersoll Drive and Linda Street will be used as detours during this time.
Work on waterlines for Linda Street, which was also used as a detour during Lake Road construction, is one of the projects council is considering for coverage under a proposed partnership with the city of Cleveland water division. Under this agreement, Cleveland would assume ownership and responsibility for maintenance and repair of city waterlines through reimbursement.
Legislation entering the city into the agreement has hit a hold-up in council regarding clauses that state the water main transfer would be in effect for 20 years, but an accompanying economic development agreement would terminate after one year. In addition, the city would be responsible for reimbursing Cleveland if it drops out of the program before 20 years.
Council is waiting to hear back from the Cleveland water division and the Suburban Water Council regarding these concerns. It any changes are made, they would also have to be approved by the 19 other municipalities that have already signed the agreement.