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City looking to relocate historic downtown Lafayette sewer

The city of Lafayette is doing a study to figure out if a portion of the Pearl River Sewer should be relocated.

Posted: Jan 15, 2019 12:06 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2019 12:12 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A historic downtown Lafayette structure could be moved. Chances are, you've never seen it because it has been under your feet.

The city of Lafayette is doing a study to figure out if a portion of the Pearl River Sewer should be relocated. The more than 100-year-old, arched sewer is 9 feet wide.

The study will look at a portion between Main and South Streets and 6th and 8th streets.

Lafayette Renew Director Brad Talley said, right now, it takes up too much underground space and doesn't allow for new development.

Talley said if it's moved, some of the existing underground space could be used for waste water retention.

"This is all a feasibility study to determine what our options are, but if that was possible, then we could help keep some of the clean storm water out of the combined sewer system," said Talley.

The city is trying to figure out if it can be moved and scaled down.

"It would be a decent sized project, but if it's possible, the lineage would only be a few blocks," he added.

Talley said the feasibility study should be finished by April.

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