Melbourne Avenue Wet Weather Project

Last Updated on January 29, 2021 by Cass County Online

UPDATE AS OF DEC. 28, 2020:

LMU says the contractor working on the Melbourne Avenue project plans to close Third Street at Melbourne Avenue on Monday, January 4, 2021. They are projecting that the road will be closed for two months. Drivers will need to use an alternate route.


LMU’s multimillion-dollar Melbourne Avenue wet weather (stormwater) project began the week of February 4, 2019. This project will involve stacking two 10-foot diameter pipes under the roadway along Melbourne Avenue, from Eel River Avenue, east to 5th Street. They’ll also be constructing a pump station at 1st and Melbourne. Construction is expected to take about two years and Melbourne Avenue will be closed for the duration. Work that will close the intersection of 3rd Street and Melbourne Avenue for about a month is scheduled to take place after the Market Street bridge re-opens.

The project is part of a federal requirement to reduce overflows of wastewater into the rivers during heavy rainfall. The pipes will store water during heavy rains, then gradually release the water back to LMU’s sewage collection system to be treated at LMU’s wastewater plant.