$60M in wastewater upgrades underway in Freeport, Illinois

The City of Freeport breaks ground on June 18, 2024, to celebrate the upgrades that are coming to its Wastewater Treatment Plant. The project is one of the City’s largest at $60 million and will be spread out over five phases. The first phase is expected to last up to three years. Fehr Graham Project Manager Darin Stykel joined Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller and City Manager Rob Boyer and others for the ceremonial groundbreaking.

The first of five phases to upgrade the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Freeport, Illinois, kicked off Tuesday with a groundbreaking ceremony.

The $60 million project is funded by an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency State Revolving Fund, which includes $5 million in forgivable loans.

Fehr Graham will help the City address critical wastewater infrastructure needs and environmental compliance requirements. The first phase, which is expected to take two to three years to complete, includes updating chemical treatment facilities and adding offices and laboratories.

This marks a significant step for the community. The Wastewater Treatment Plant, 208 S. Hancock St., hasn't been upgraded since the 1970s.

Read more about the project:

Rockford Register Star coverage

WIFR coverage

City of Freeport coverage