Alerts

Pipeline Connection Work to Begin Monday in Luke Wood Park
A new sewer main recently built as part of the Lift Station 87 project was successfully pressure tested and is ready to be connected to the City’s existing sewer network. Beginning Monday, Nov. 18, crews will be working in Luke Wood Park to connect this pipeline to the City’s sewer system. Residents can expect to see and hear some heavy equipment in the park through Wednesday, Nov. 20. Disturbed areas of the park will be fully restored once the work is completed.

If you have questions, call the Lift Station 87 communications line at 941-356-8071.

Early Morning Concrete Pours Scheduled for Lift Station 87 Project
Crews working on the Lift Station 87 structure will pour concrete next week during the early morning hours as follows:

    • Friday, Nov. 15 – 6:30 a.m.
    • Tuesday, Nov. 19 – 4:30 a.m.
    • Wednesday, Nov. 20 – 6:00 a.m.
    • Tuesday, Nov. 26 – 5:30 a.m.

This work must occur during early morning hours, when temperatures are cooler and conditions more favorable to concrete curing.  Perimeter lights will be used for this work and will be directed away from residents’ homes. Those living near the Lift Station 87 site will likely hear trucks traveling to and from the site during this time, and may hear back-up alarms as trucks are positioned to pour concrete. 

Motorists are advised to use caution whenever sharing the road with large trucks. 

If you have questions, call the Lift Station 87 communications line at 941-356-8071.

Public Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Dec. 5, 2019

Residents are invited to a community outreach meeting on Phase 3 of the Lift Station 87 project. Phase 3, installation of deep sewer mains, is currently scheduled to begin construction in Summer 2020. Project team members will present on preliminary construction plans, the temporary closure of Osprey Avenue, and maintenance of traffic for Osprey Avenue, Alta Vista Street, Pomelo Avenue, and Pomelo Place. Residents will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide input for consideration before construction plans are finalized.

When: 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019
Where: Fire Station #2, 2070 Waldemere St., Sarasota, FL 34239

For more information, call our project information line at 941-356-8071.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in a meeting should contact the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk at (941) 263-6391 at least two business days prior to the date of the meeting as to the nature of the auxiliary aids and/or service necessary.

January 2019 Project Update

Aerial view of Lift Station 87 excavation

Excavation at the Lift Station 87 site.

As we start 2019, the City of Sarasota would like to thank residents for their continued patience as we construct the Lift Station 87 project. This update will highlight what was accomplished in 2018 and construction plans for 2019 and beyond.

The Lift Station 87 project includes new pipelines and a new above-ground wastewater lift station in Luke Wood Park to replace the aging Lift Station 7. The new lift station and sewer mains will handle about one third of the city’s wastewater flow, including Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Due to the critical nature of the new lift station, it has designed to withstand storm surges associated with a Category 3 hurricane.  Wastewater will be pumped from the new lift station to the City’s wastewater treatment plant, so this project helps ensure safe and reliable wastewater collection service to the residents of Sarasota and protects our natural resources from pollution due to infrastructure failure.

After successfully microtunneling the new wastewater pipes under Osprey Avenue and Luke Wood Park in 2017, work began at the Lift Station 87 site in January 2018.  Throughout 2018, crews have been hard at work demolishing and removing the existing structures and preparing the site for the new facility. Much of this has been to install the structure required to support the deep excavation. Known as a cofferdam, this structure enables the contractor to safely build the deepest parts of the lift station. The cofferdam for Lift Station 87 is over 50 feet deep!

With the cofferdam and excavation complete, we will begin building the new lift station in 2019. Crews are currently preparing to pour the deep concrete structures that will make up the lift station wetwell. The wetwell is the structure to which the wastewater flows. It contains specially designed pumps that send the wastewater to a higher elevation. In the second half of this year, crews will begin to work on the lift station building that will contain the electrical and mechanical systems that operate the lift station.

Phase 3, Open Cut Pipeline Construction, begins in mid-2020. Crews will work in the intersection of Osprey Avenue and Lincoln Drive to connect the previously installed microtunnel to the existing wastewater system. Then crews will install pipelines via open cut along Osprey Avenue, Alta Vista Street, Pomelo Avenue and Pomelo Place. After construction, streets will be fully restored, curb to curb, and bicycle lanes will be added on Osprey Avenue. There will be traffic and construction inconvenience associated with this work, so we will engage the community in advance to ensure residents know what to expect during construction.

We have a busy two years ahead, but we will continue to work diligently to complete this critical infrastructure project. Please feel free to reach out to the project team if you have any questions or concerns.  

11/30/18 – Fence Installation in Luke Wood Park to Begin Dec. 3

Beginning Monday, Dec. 3, crews will begin installing temporary protective fences in Luke Wood Park. Sidewalks will not be affected. The fences are being installed to protect existing trees during pipeline construction that is scheduled for January 2019. The tree protection plan has been reviewed and accepted by the City’s arborist and installation will be closely monitored by the project’s engineering team. 

Once the temporary fences are installed, pipe will be delivered to the site in preparation for construction. Minor traffic impacts may be observed as delivery trucks exit US 41.  If you have questions, call the Lift Station 87 communications line at 941-356-8071.

Traffic Concerns?

The project’s maintenance-of-traffic plan is being monitored, and Sarasota Police Department continues monitoring traffic on Orange Ave. If you have traffic questions or concerns outside the maintenance of traffic plan, please call 941-365-2200 xt 4375.

Lift Station 7

There are no Lift Station 7 alerts at this time.