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What is this project?
The Highlands Sewer Relief Project is upgrading critical
sewer facilities—including sewer pipes and pump stations—in part
of the Sacramento Area Sewer District’s (SacSewer’s) northwest
service area. The work is occurring in North Highlands in a
residential area bordered by Watt Avenue, Elkhorn Boulevard, and
Why is it necessary?
Sewer system upgrades are needed to improve performance and
increase capacity in your area. The Highlands Sewer Relief
Project will ensure our sewer facilities are meeting customers’
needs, and once complete, the project will provide continued
reliable sewer service for many years.
What does the project involve?
The Highlands Sewer Relief Project has two phases.
- During Phase 1, new sewer pipes and manholes will be
installed, and some existing facilities will also be upgraded. To
do this, SacSewer’s contractors will be cutting into the road,
then using heavy equipment to dig down and install or
replace sewer pipes and manholes (see map for work area). Roads
in these work areas will be restored or repaired per Sacramento
- During Phase 2, one pump station will be decommissioned, and
another will be upgraded. This construction work will mostly be
isolated in and around the two pump stations.
When will the work occur?
Most work takes place Monday through Friday during normal
business hours, although limited weekend or night work may be
necessary to complete critical tasks. The first phase is expected
to be complete in late 2022, and the second phase is
expected to be done in mid-2023. Work on the two phases will
overlap at times, with crews working in different areas at the
What should I expect during construction?
During the Highlands Sewer Relief Project, we are committed to
maintaining uninterrupted sewer service to our customers.
SacSewer and its contractors will take all reasonable measures to
minimize construction impacts. Potential impacts include traffic
slowdowns, parking restrictions, detours, and lane or road
closures in work zones. Please be assured we will also work to
limit construction noise, dust, odor, and other typical
construction impacts. However, some of these impacts are
unavoidable, and we greatly appreciate the community’s patience
as we work to complete this important project.
During the initial work, crews, trucks, and equipment on
neighborhood streets will be active where the new sewer
facilities are being installed or improvements are being made
We will coordinate with any property owners if work is occurring
directly in front of their properties.
Customers’ mail delivery and garbage, green waste, and recycling
pickup will not be interrupted. When necessary, crews will assist
in placing bins to make them accessible for weekly pickup.
How will SacSewer keep the community safe?
SacSewer and its contractors will take all necessary precautions
to keep the community safe during construction. We ask residents
to be careful around work zones and keep children away from work
areas and heavy equipment. Signage, traffic controls, barriers,
and other safety measures will be used to alert and protect
drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Questions or Concerns? Call us at (916)
Highlands Sewer Relief Project Map
Newsletter # 1 - August 2021