Lift Station 87

Concrete Pours Continue Saturday, March 9

Early morning concrete pours are expected on Saturday, March 9 at the Lift Station 87 site in Luke Wood Park. The work could continue through early next week. Crews may begin work as early as 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and 4:00 a.m. on weekdays to ensure cooler temperatures and more favorable conditions for concrete curing.

Pipeline Installation Begins Monday in Luke Wood Park

On Monday, Jan. 28, crews will begin pipeline installation in Luke Wood Park. In December, temporary fences were delivered to the park to protect existing trees during construction. Construction plans have been reviewed and accepted by the City’s arborist and installation will be closely monitored by the project’s engineering team. Construction of the pipeline is expected to take three to four weeks; once complete, the fences will be removed and the area restored.

During construction, there may be minor traffic impacts may be observed as delivery trucks exit US 41 from the Lift Station 87 site. If you have questions, call the Lift Station 87 communications line at 941-356-8071.

January 2019 Project Update

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.

9/19/18 – Excavation Continues; Dump Trucks Traveling to and from Site

Demolition work on the existing Lift Station 87 structure was completed this week. The City of Sarasota and the Lift Station 87 project team extend their thanks to residents for remaining patient during this sometimes-noisy process.

Crews continue excavating inside the cofferdam, and will work over the next seven weeks until they reach a depth of 58 feet below surface elevation. Excavated materials must be hauled away, so beginning Friday, residents can expect to see dump trucks periodically traveling to and from the Lift Station 87 site.

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

7/31/18 – Wet Well Excavation Continues

Work on Lift Station 87 continues with crews excavating and demolishing the old wet well of the existing structure. So far, crews have excavated down 20 feet. Once the old wet well is removed, crews can begin installing structures for the new, above-ground Lift Station 87.

On Thursday, residents may hear some intermittent hammering noise as the contractor drives a beam into the middle of the excavation to provide stability and safety during construction of the cofferdam. This work should only take an hour or two.


6/29/18 – Pile Driving Ends Today

Thank you for your continued patience with the pile driving at the Lift Station 87 site. Residents will be happy to know that pile driving ends today, then crews will focus on excavation and demolition over the next several weeks. This fall, there will be some sporadic sheet piling. We’ll keep you posted once the timing and schedule for this work is confirmed.

5/28/18 – Construction on Mound St. Between Osprey and 301

To improve traffic safety near the Lift Station 87 site, a temporary deceleration lane will be constructed adjacent to Mound Street (US 41) beginning June 4. Construction will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for approximately three days, during which there will be partial lane closures on Mound Street between Osprey Avenue and US 301. Motorists are advised to use caution in the area and follow all maintenance of traffic signs. Flaggers will also be in the area to help traffic move safely.

The Florida Department of Transportation approved construction of the temporary deceleration lane in its right-of-way to allow construction vehicles to safely diverge from the flow of traffic on Mound Street and enhance the safety of all motorists. The temporary deceleration lane will be removed and the area restored before completion of the Lift Station 87 Phase 2 project.

4/17/18 – Sheet Piling Installation to Begin April 23

Construction crews are scheduled to begin installing sheet piling at the Lift Station 87 site in Luke Wood Park the week of April 23. Steel panels will be driven into the ground by vibratory hammers and drivers, so residents can expect to hear this activity intermittently over the next six to eight weeks during regular construction hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays).

Vibration monitors have been installed near the construction zone to protect adjacent properties. The project team will monitor vibration and noise near the construction zone. If monitors detect excessive vibration, the contractor will modify the construction approach.

This work is similar to the previously installed microtunnel shafts constructed during Phase 1 of the project. Sheet piling will provide stability and safety as the contractor constructs the lift station’s underground wetwell.

3/30/18 – TECO to Install New Gas Main Under Bayou

TECO will be directional drilling a new gas main as early as next week along Osprey Avenue under Hudson Bayou and Mound Street. TECO will first setup the wire line guidance system and then begin the gas main installation. Once started, the direction drilling work is expected to continue for five days. If you have any questions regarding this work, please contact Danny Shanahan with TECO.  Office Phone: 941-342-4006.  E-mail:

3/13/18 – Dead Tree in Luke Wood Park to be Removed

City of Sarasota Public Works staff members have identified a dead tree in Luke Wood Park that is scheduled to be removed this week or next week. The removal of this tree is not part of the Lift Station 87 project, but is necessary for park maintenance and residents’ safety.

1/30/18 – LIft Station 87 Demolition to Begin

Beginning Feb. 1, PCL Construction will begin demolishing existing structures at the Lift Station 87 site. Demolition should take between two to three weeks to complete, then site work for the new lift station will begin.

Residents can expect to see trucks and heavy equipment traveling to and departing from the Lift Station 87 site via the entrance on US 41. Construction activities will occur weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  All demolition activities will comply with the city’s noise ordinance and measures will be taken to control dust. Vibration sensors have also been installed and will be continuously monitored to further minimize community impacts.

Traffic on US 41 should expect minimal disruption during this phase of construction. Flaggers will be used pursuant to Florida Department of Transportation’s guidelines to facilitate construction traffic and to enhance the safety of all motorists.

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

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