Waste water to be stored under Baxter Blvd., Payson Park

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PORTLAND — The Department of Public Services will host a public meeting Wednesday to discuss a project to reduce sewage overflow released into Back Cove.

The project includes the installation of two underground conduits that will store waste water under Baxter Boulevard and Payson Park. Each concrete conduit will store up to 1 million gallons.

Construction is expected to begin in November. As part of the project, Baxter Boulevard will be closed to vehicular traffic between Vannah and Bates streets for up to eight months.

When complete, the conduits will increase the city’s capacity to store stormwater and sewage for treatment. During heavy rains, the untreated waste overflows into Back Cove and other waterways.

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 26, at the Ocean Avenue Elementary School, 150 Ocean Ave.