FAQ's - Shawnee Park Project
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GENERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT SHAWNEE PARK BASIN PROJECT

WHAT IS THE PROJECT?

The Shawnee Park Basin Project represents the collective efforts of Louisville MSD, Metro Parks, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, community leaders, and residents working together to improve the health and welfare of Louisville and its Shawnee community. At the heart of the Shawnee Park Basin Project is an underground CSO basin, which will greatly diminish the amount of untreated sewage that enters the Ohio River. In addition, the Shawnee Park Basin Project will incorporate new park amenities such as a pavilion, improved restrooms, better hardscape, enhanced greenspace and more. Follow these links to learn more about Louisville MSD, Louisville Metro Parks, Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

HOW DOES THE PROJECT IMPROVE SHAWNEE PARK?

The Shawnee Park Basin Project will create a cleaner river, provide new park amenities, and preserve the historic nature of Shawnee Park. In addition to the construction of a CSO Basin, Shawnee Park will feature:

  •  Premium landscaping
  •  An open air pavilion
  • A new paved parking area for the spray park
  • A resurfaced loop road
  • Renovation of the lily pond
  • Restoration of the Ball House and athletic courts

WHAT DOES CSO MEAN?

A CSO occurs when a portion of untreated wastewater (the overflow) is released directly into the river. The combined sewer overflow is made up of a combination of mostly storm water and some untreated sewage. Follow this link to learn more about Combined Sewer Overflows. 

WHAT IS A CSO BASIN?

The CSO Basin being constructed at Shawnee Park is a 20 million gallon underground structure. Most of the time, the basin will be empty. When it rains, the untreated wastewater is captured by the basin instead of flowing into the river. It is stored in the basin until the capacity is available in the sewer system, and then is pumped to the Morris Forman Water Quality Treatment Center to be treated. The basin floor is then cleaned using flushing gates, returning the basin to its empty, non-active state. Follow this link to learn more about CSO Basins. Follow this link to learn ways residents can help clean Louisville waterways. 

CAN THE BASIN LEAK?

CSO Basins are sealed structures with more than 36-inch thick watertight reinforced concrete walls, which is not susceptible to leakage. 

WHAT IS THE BASIN MADE OF?

The basin is a structure designed to hold 20 million gallons of mostly rainwater. It is made of reinforced concrete that is more than 36 inches thick. The top of the basin is approximately 12 feet below grade. There is a single access point located at an operations building, which connects to the basin through a tunnel. 

WILL THERE BE ODORS IN THE PARK WHEN THE BASIN IS COMPLETE?

The flow entering the basin will be highly diluted flow (mostly stormwater). The basin will be equipped with a rinsing system that will serve to clean the basin floor after the rain subsides. MSD has coordinated with other regional sewer agencies and learned that special equipment to control odor is not necessary with these types of facilities. However, MSD is being proactive and the basin will be designed to accommodate this type of equipment should the need arise in the future. MSD will also manually inspect the basin after each event. 

WHEN DOES CONSTRUCTION START AND END?

Construction of the CSO basin is scheduled to begin in January 2017.
The Shawnee Park Basin Project consists of a CSO basin and multiple park amenities that will be complete at various times during the life of the project. The construction of the basin will be complete by the end of 2018, though miscellaneous sewer work and some park amenities will be complete in 2019.
 

WHAT ARE THE CONSTRUCTION HOURS?

Construction operations can vary depending on the type of work performed. Generally, construction hours can start as early as 7:00 a.m. and end as late as 9:00 p.m. The builder will publish noise alerts about operations that are expected to create excessive noise before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Check here for noise alerts> 

WHEN WILL THE PARK IMPROVEMENTS BE COMPLETE?

  • Park improvements will be performed at different times during the life of the project. For example, the basketball courts’ resurfacing is anticipated be complete in time for the 2017 Dirt Bowl.
  • The pavilion completion is closely tied to the completion of the basin due to its proximity to the basin's construction footprint. The pavilion design is conceptual at this time. However, the pavilion is scheduled to open in early 2019.
  • The restroom design is conceptual at this time. However, the restrooms are scheduled to be open by Summer 2019. 

HOW WILL THE NEW PAVILION LOOK?

While the pavilion is still in early design phase, the vision is of a facility that embraces the fit and finish of other park structures with a goal of preserving the historic nature of Shawnee Park. 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION?

As with any large construction project, residents of the Shawnee neighborhood may experience an increase in traffic, dust and noise. Construction vehicles will use the most efficient route to the highway to minimize noise and traffic impact, by traveling along Southwestern Parkway toward the Industrial Area. To allow for ease of transit through the park, Shawnee Park Road will become a two-lane road. Residents and patrons should look for signs posted along major roadways for any changes in typical traffic patterns. 

WILL MY HOUSE OR BUSINESS BE AFFECTED?

The construction for the Shawnee Park Basin Project is restricted to Shawnee Park, away from homes and businesses in the community. Homes and businesses west of the intersection of Broadway and Southwestern Parkway may be impacted by street closures or have limited access to street parking. Residents will be notified in advance of any work that may limit access to their residence or availability of street parking. 

WHAT STREETS WILL BE AFFECTED?

Majority of Shawnee Park Basin Project construction is contained in the park. The builder will also perform construction on sewer lines along Broadway west and east of its intersection with Southwestern Parkway. This work will not start prior to 2018. 

WILL MY BUS ROUTE CHANGE?

Most bus routes will not be affected by construction projects associated with Shawnee Park Basin Project. However, in 2018 buses that use the Broadway turnaround will be rerouted to avoid the construction at Broadway west of its intersection with Southwestern Parkway. For the status of these routes, please contact TARC for more information. 

WILL THE STREETS BE KEPT CLEAN?

Maintaining a clean and orderly site and transportation routes is a contractual requirement to work for MSD. The builder, Ulliman Schutte Construction, takes pride in its reputation as a quality builder that embraces green, sustainable construction practices. To keep streets clean, Ulliman Schutte will implement several good housekeeping practices during construction. Erosion control measures will be implemented to minimize mud exiting the site. Trucks will be limited to one entrance and exit point that will be covered with gravel to help keep trucks free of dirt. Trucks will also pass through a tire wash before returning to city streets. Finally, Ulliman Schutte will inspect city streets daily and provide street sweeping as needed. 

IS IT SAFE TO USE THE PARK?

During construction, many areas of the Shawnee Park will still be safe and accessible for park patrons. Please look for signs that will be routinely updated in areas that are undergoing construction. 

IS IT SAFE FOR MY KIDS TO PLAY IN THE PARK?

While at the park, children should be made aware of safe areas to play and follow instructional signage posted near the construction site. Most areas of the park including the playground, basketball courts spray ground, and most other park green space will be unaffected by construction. Safety fences will serve as a physical barrier between the construction site and other park activities. 

WHO DO I CALL IF I SEE A PROBLEM DURING CONSTRUCTION?

If an emergency, call 911. For all other concerns, residents or park patrons can contact Eric Browne, Shawnee Park Basin Project Community Liaison, by completing the form on the Contact Us page or by calling toll free (844) 429-5817, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

HOW MUCH WILL THE PROJECT COST?

Beyond the basin, MSD will spend up to $2.5 million to assist Metro Parks in maintenance and improvements that enhance and protect the historic nature of the park. 

HOW IS THE PROBLEM PAID FOR?

The Shawnee Park Basin Projects are funded through rates paid by all ratepayers of MSD. Many factors are considered when setting sewer rates including the cost of capital improvements like this project. 

HOW CAN I BID TO WORK ON THE PROJECT?

Bidding and contracting to work on the construction projects occurs at different times throughout the next few years. Bidding for the basin project has started and will continue through June of 2017. These bid opportunities can be found at swparkwaybasin.com. 

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR A JOB ON THE PROJECT?

MSD in collaboration with the Louisville Urban League and the builder for the project will hold a job fair in early 2017. Be sure to monitor shawneeparkbasinproject.org or contact the Louisville Urban League. 

WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?

Shawneeparkbasinproject.org is a resource for up-to-date construction news, Shawnee Park events, and project information. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us through the website or by calling toll free (844) 429-5817, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

 

 Added March 13, 2018:

WHAT IS BEING DONE IN 2018 TO ELIMINATE DUST AND DIRT AT BROADWAY AND SOUTHWESTERN PKWY?

The design-builder will be providing a vacuum sweeper service to clean the streets weekly. Standard street sweeping services will continue to be performed as needed between vacuum sweeper services.  

WHEN WILL CONCRETE TRUCK NOISE FROM 2 A.M. CONCRETE POURS END ON SOUTHWESTERN PKWY?

As of February 24, 2018, the design-builder estimates the project will require approximately three additional days of 2 a.m. concrete placements.  

WHAT AFFECT WILL THE PROJECT HAVE ON THE POTENTIAL OF FLOODING IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD?

The project will not affect flooding in the neighborhood. The project's goal is to capture combined sewer overflows instead of them being discharged to the Ohio River.  

CAN THE SIZE OF CONCRETE PLACEMENTS BE MADE SMALLER TO ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR 2 A.M. CONCRETE OPERATIONS?

The duration of concrete placements considers the size, staging, manpower, and equipment as well as the impact the operation could have on the community. Where possible, every care is taken to minimize these impacts. 

NOW THAT THE INTERLOCKING SHEETS FOR RETAINING DIRT HAVE BEEN INSTALLED, SHOULD RESIDENTS EXPECT ADDITIONAL VIBRATING AND HAMMERING NEAR THE PROJECT?

Short interlocking sheets will continue to be vibrated in place near the existing Shawnee Park Flood Pump Station (CSO 189) and near the intersection of Southwestern Pkwy and W. Broadway (CSO104/105). This work is expected to occur in the spring and summer of 2018. These vibrations will be much shorter in duration and significantly less noisy when compared to what was required in the park for the main CSO Basin long interlocking sheeting. As always vibration sensors will continuously monitor all interlocking sheeting work to ensure vibrations are well below nationally accepted criteria. 

SPECIAL STRUCTURES ARE NEEDED TO DIVERT COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS NEAR BROADWAY TO THE BASIN IN THE PARK. WHEN WILL THIS WORK OCCUR?

The work in Broadway will commence this summer and be completed by the end of 2018. 

IF SOUTHWESTERN PKWY IS DAMAGED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION TRAFFIC, HOW WILL IT BE ADDRESSED?

Louisville Metro has a plan for repaving Southwestern Pkwy (south of W Broadway) following completion of construction. 

A DIVERSION STRUCTURE WILL BE CONSTRUCTED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF SOUTHWESTERN PKWY AND W. BROADWAY. WHAT IS A DIVERSION STRUCTURE?

During normal weather conditions, a diversion structure captures the flow of sewage and directs it to the water quality treatment center for treatment. During wet weather conditions, the diversion structure diverts this flow to the basin. 

HOW ARE TRUCKING ROUTES DETERMINED TO AND FROM THE BASIN?

Truck routes were planned based on the expected tonnage transported over existing roads. Considerations include road and bridge conditions, automobile and pedestrian traffic, ordinances and weather. Every effort is made to minimize traffic flow through communities, narrow roads and areas where children travel and play. 

ARE THERE PLANS TO CONVERT THE MAINTENANCE SHACK IN THE PARK INTO A LEARNING CENTER?

To date, no plans have been established to convert the maintenance shack into a learning center.