(Kansas City, Mo.) — Today Kansas City Water Services conducted a groundbreaking for the First and Second Creek Sewer Expansion Project, which will ultimately provide wastewater service for Kansas City’s growing Northland. Water Services Director Terry Leeds presided over the groundbreaking, which included remarks from Mayor Sly James, Councilman Ed Ford, and Councilman Russ Johnson. The First and Second Creek Sewer Expansion Project is a $40 million dollar investment to expand wastewater service to Kansas City’s growing Northland. Once completed, the project will open 13,000 acres of land for future development, which is ultimately expected to attract more than 70,000 residents.
“Sewer projects aren’t the sexiest things to talk about, but they are absolutely a necessity,” said Mayor Sly James. “Made possible by voter-approved bonds, this $40 million investment will provide the infrastructure necessary for future development in the Northland. If Kansas City is to continue to grow, we have to realize that a diverse city needs diverse housing options. Our future is tied to one another. North and south, east and west; all are critical to our collective success in making Kansas City the best that it can be.”
The First and Second Creek Sewer Expansion Project will provide the infrastructure necessary for future development which is estimated to attract some 70,000 residents to the 13,000 acres of land. The development area represents roughly 2.5 times the acreage of Gladstone, Missouri, and would provide the potential to expand Kansas City’s existing population by 15 percent.
“This groundbreaking represents a significant investment in the future of Kansas City,” said Terry Leeds, Water Services Director. “By ensuring the accessibility and quality of wastewater services to meet the growing needs of our community, we are supporting the health and well-being of the public and the economic development of our community for future generations.”
The First and Second Creek Sewer Expansion Project will lay more than 52,500 feet of sewer pipeline in the undeveloped land roughly bordered on the east and west by Interstate 29 and Highway 169, on the south by Highway 152, and on the north by Interstate 435. The project, which is already underway, is expected to be complete by December 2014.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, the $40 million First and Second Creek Sewer Expansion Project will create over 700 direct and indirect construction-related jobs.
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