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Residents invited to Lift Station 87 community outreach meeting Dec. 5

Post Date:11/25/2019 9:26 AM

Contact:  Michelle Robinson, Community Outreach   727-580-9013                       
                  mrobinson@dialogue-pr.com

Sarasota, FL:  Residents are invited to learn about the next phase of Lift Station 87 construction at a community outreach meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Fire Station #2, 2070 Waldemere St., in Sarasota. Project team members will discuss preliminary construction plans for Phase 3, which includes installation of deep sewer mains on Osprey Avenue, Alta Vista Street, Pomelo Avenue, and Pomelo Place. The project team will also present maintenance of traffic plans for the temporary closure of Osprey Avenue, which is scheduled to begin in Summer 2020.

Phase 2, construction of Lift Station 87, is now evident above-ground. Crews had worked 50 feet underground for more than a year constructing the concrete wetwell at the Lift Station 87Lift Station 87, utilities site. In September, work began above ground and is expected to be completed in mid-2020.

In early summer 2020, Osprey Avenue will be closed from just north of the Hudson Bayou to Alta Vista. This closure will last approximately eight months while crews excavate, make sewer connections to Lift Station 87, and install gravity sewer mains along Alta Vista, Pomelo Avenue and Pomelo Place. To maintain safe traffic flow during construction, the contractor will direct traffic to Mound Street/US 41 to avoid neighborhoods, use temporary speed bumps to deter traffic from taking shortcuts through neighborhoods, and clearly identify business access on Osprey Avenue.

Lift Station 87 will replace Lift Station 7, located at 935 Pomelo Avenue. The project is being built in phases to protect the city’s investment. Phase 1 (microtunnels under Hudson Bayou, Osprey Avenue and Luke Wood Park) was successfully completed in June 2017. Phase 2 (Lift station 87 wetwell, building and site landscaping) is scheduled for final completion in mid-2020.  Phase 3 (Open cut gravity sewer pipeline construction south of Hudson Bayou and demolition of Lift Station 7) is scheduled to begin in summer 2020 with completion anticipated early in 2021. Once the entire project is completed, wastewater flow will be completely and permanently redirected from Lift Station 7 to Lift Station 87.

For more information about the Lift Station 87 project, go to http://liftstation87.com/ or call our project information line at 941-356-8071.  Interested parties can also subscribe to email updates at https://www.sarasotafl.gov/services/email-subscriptions.

Media requests should be directed to Michelle Robinson, Dialogue Public Relations:  727-580-9013 or mailto:mrobinson@dialogue-PR.com

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