Public Works Top 10 Wins
- Major Investment in Sanitary Sewer Infrastructure
Major investments in the Water Reclamation Division for 2016 included the replacement of the Outfall Trunk Sewer ($14.5 million) and the addition of the Brandon Road Pump Station Parallel Force Main ($10.2 million). Each project is a critical investment that will allow for reliable wastewater service and future growth. The existing 66-inch diameter outfall sewer was originally constructed in the late 1970s, conveys more than 90 percent of the City’s wastewater, and has become structurally deteriorated from sewer gases. The new 72-inch diameter pipe not only increases capacity for future development, but also is constructed from new materials that have a life expectancy of 75 to 100 years. The Parallel Force Main project consists of the construction of more than 12,000 feet of 42-inch diameter parallel force main that connects the Brandon Road Pump Station to the Water Reclamation Facility and will more than double the capacity of the Brandon Road Pump Station.
- 12th Street Bridge Reconstruction
The two-year project to reconstruct the 12th Street bridge west of Grange Avenue was completed in 2016. 12th Street is a vital east-west corridor in Sioux Falls, and this bridge carries approximately 25,000 vehicles a day. The contractor used multiple crews, working seven days a week, and accelerated bridge construction methods to reconstruct the bridge 64 days ahead of schedule, greatly reducing the disruption to the traveling public.
- Removal of Lead Water Service Lines
Lead water service removal has been an ongoing effort in conjunction with capital improvement projects in Sioux Falls for many years. A nationwide discussion in 2016 prompted the Water Division team to accelerate eliminating the remaining 235 lead services by the end of 2017. In April 2016, the Water team began “getting the lead out,” and 164 lead service lines were replaced. The remaining lead service lines will be replaced in 2017. The City of Sioux Falls exceeds all water quality standards and has received awards for best tasting water four out of the past six years.
- Main Avenue Road Diet
What began in 2014 with just some orange paint and construction cones came to fruition in 2016 with the completion of the first phase of the Main Avenue Road Diet. The project repurposed one of the three driving lanes of Main Avenue and included the addition of bumpouts, parallel parking, streetscape elements, brick pavers, and new trees in a structural planting medium. The result was additional parking, a safer corridor for all users, and a new standard for future downtown projects.
- Improving Neighborhood Drainage
Public Works is looking at innovative ways to improve neighborhood drainage in areas affected by intense rain events. When other detention and pipe improvements are not feasible, purchasing homes and creating more green space in the watershed has proven to be a viable alternative. The acquisition and removal of several homes on Covell Avenue between 28th Street and 33rd Street and at the intersection of 35th Street and Duluth Avenue gave the City that alternative. Thanks in part to the landowners who sold their properties, these green spaces will be converted to areas with greater potential for infiltration and less runoff.
- Enhancing Our Environment
Public Works partnered with local downtown businesses and organizations to paint murals on ten stormwater inlets. The purpose of this project was to draw the public’s attention to the storm drainage system and to educate the public that stormwater is not treated and only precipitation should enter the storm drain. The City also designated areas along the river greenway to improve water quality. These newly created buffer strips will provide filtration and infiltration for stormwater runoff before it reaches the river. This past year Public Works also served more than 30,000 visitors at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. The facility has diverted 700,000 pounds of hazardous materials and more than 1.5 million pounds of electronics.
- Launched Green Business Program
This program’s goal is to educate and assist businesses in identifying sustainable practices already in place, finding new ways to cut back on resources used, and maximizing assets. These businesses have committed to business practices that include buying local, minimizing waste, decreasing resource consumption, alternative transportation, and many others.
- Implemented Pavement Condition Results
Engineering completed and published the Pavement Management Analysis Report and the Pavement Condition Index for every City street. The data was captured using laser and cameral technology and enhanced the City’s pavement management program. This information is used to maintain and maximize the life of the City’s largest asset: our street system.
- Enhanced Landfill Customer Experience
The Landfill Division had a goal to improve their customers’ overall experience. We listened to our customers and made improvements with new signage, website design, automated phone messages, scale improvements, and communications. The Landfill focused on litter control, keeping areas cleaner, and the overall aesthetics of the landfill and the routes to the landfill. The improvements not only were beneficial to our customers, but also have made operations more efficient. We appreciate our customers and want them to know as they exit the landfill.
- Completed Fleet Centralization
One of the key components of the Fleet Centralization project is to consolidate the City-owned fleet equipment and repair operations under a single organization and chain of command. This allows us to capture economies of scale, eliminate duplication of effort, improve internal controls, and standardize acquisition and management capabilities. Utilization of the new Fleet Management System, AssetWorks, will allow the City to strategically evaluate and plan for equipment needs, as well as facilitate the acquisition, repair, and replacement of vehicles, equipment, and parts to support the City’s centralized Fleet operations.