Greenwood sewer work enters final phase OR City nearly done with sewer project

The final phase of a three-part project to repair and upgrade sewer lines and manholes in Greenwood will be completed early this year.

About $1.6 million will be spent to reline sewer pipe and seal cracks, or leaks, in manholes near Pleasant Run Creek. The project will follow the sewer line along Pleasant Run Creek between Northwest Park along Fry Road and the railroad tracks at Fairview Road.

Design work should be complete this month and the work should wrap up in about two months, city engineer Mark Richards said.

The Pleasant Run sewer line carries sewage to Indianapolis.

Construction won’t interfere with traffic along Fry Road, Richards said. When work reaches Pleasant Run Creek near the White River Township area by Fairview Road, crews may halt traffic and let it through slowly, but the project won’t close any roads, Richards said.

Greenwood is working to meet a state requirement to reduce the amount of stormwater that gets into the sanitary sewer system. In 2011, a sanitary sewer lift station overflowed and the city had to enter an agreement with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to address several problems with the sewer system, Richards said.

A firm was hired to identify problems with the sewer system and found that leaky pipes and manholes were allowing excess water to get into the system, causing it to overflow, Richards said. The work along Pleasant Run Creek will upgrade sewer lines to prevent water from getting into the system, Richards said.

Combined costs for the thee-part project is about $6.9 million, city controller Adam Stone said.

The city completed the first two phases of the project last year near downtown and old town Greenwood. Crews replaced a sewer line that was installed in the 1930s and hadn’t been changed.

The three-part project won’t be the last of Greenwood’s sewer rehabilitation work, Richards said. More phases will be added as the city continues to identify more problems. Currently, officials are looking into some more areas near old town Greenwood, Richards said.

Corey Elliot is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2719.