Phase 3 Work to Begin in August; Public Meeting Sept. 1
The Lift Station 87 project is less than a year away from completion, with crews making Exterior of Lift Station 87 in July 2020significant progress on the lift station building. The Phase 3 contractor is ready to begin the final phase of the project in August.

The two-story Lift Station 87 building exterior is 90 percent complete. Residents can see the completed brickwork and other architectural elements from the road. Inside the building, the contractor is finishing equipment installation, with pumps, pipes and valves being placed. The Lift Station 87 electrical system is ready to accept power to begin the start-up process.

Crews are also continuing the Phase 2 sewer work at Lincoln Drive and South Osprey Avenue. The city expects this work to be completed by the end of August, at which point wastewater will begin to be diverted to Lift Station 87. Although this work has taken a bit longer than expected, the city still anticipates Lift Station 7 will be taken offline by the end of March 2021.

The city awarded Garney Construction the contract for Phase 3 open-cut gravity sewer main installation after a competitive bid process. Garney expects to mobilize crews to the area by Aug. 24 and begin locating underground utilities in preparation for pipe installation shortly thereafter. Work on Phase 3 will overlap with the work on Phase 2, to minimize the disruption and the length of construction in the area.

The Lift Station 87 project team promised residents in the construction zone that a public meeting would be held to present the Phase 3 construction plan. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an in-person meeting is not possible at this time. In lieu of an in-person meeting, an online virtual public meeting will be held on Sept. 1, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. Project staff will present details on the work being performed, what the residents can expect during construction, and what measures are being taken to minimize disruption during construction. Those in the construction zone will receive a door hanger with participation information. The city will also post information on the project website and distribute an email alert.

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

Osprey Avenue to be Closed May 26, 2020 – March 2021
Road closed and detour signs at Osprey AvenueMay 15, 2020 — Osprey Avenue will be closed just north of Hudson Bayou to Alta Vista Street from May 26, 2020 through March 2021. Traffic will be detoured to Mound Street/U.S. 41. During the closure, crews will replace water and sewer pipelines as well as install new manholes and valves at the intersection of Osprey Avenue and Lincoln Drive. Watch this short video to learn more.

Contractor Proposes May 26, 2020 Closure of Osprey Avenue
April 21, 2020 — As Lift Station 87 nears completion, the contractor’s work schedule proposes the closure of Osprey Avenue beginning May 26, 2020, from just north of Hudson Bayou to Alta Vista Street. The closure will allow crews to replace water and sewer pipelines as well as install new manholes and valves at the intersection of Osprey Avenue and Lincoln Drive. Once that is completed, crews will excavate and install gravity sewer mains along Alta Vista, Pomelo Avenue and Pomelo Place. The partial closure of Osprey Avenue will continue through March 2021 to facilitate the water and sewer utility work in the area. Variable message boards will be placed in the area next week to inform motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Resident Input Shapes Phase 3 Construction
Feb. 21, 2020 – The Lift Station 87 Project is an investment in resilient, reliable infrastructure for all City of Sarasota residents. The new 9.5 million gallon-per-day capacity lift station in Luke Wood Park will replace the existing Lift Station 7 at 935 Pomelo Avenue. Wastewater flow will be redirected from Lift Station 7 to Lift Station 87 by a new gravity wastewater transmission main, part of which has been constructed under Hudson Bayou, along the Osprey Avenue corridor.

Phase 3 construction will impact those living and traveling in the construction zone, so the project team sought resident input during a public meeting on Dec. 5, 2019. Using resident input, the project team modified Phase 3 construction documents to minimize community impact by:

  • Limiting the contractor to 200 feet of roadway impacts at a time, so that only four to six houses on both sides of the road will be impacted.
  • Requiring temporary parking within the construction zone, eliminating off-site, remote parking.
  • Requiring temporary, ADA-compliant pedestrian access to homes, so residents can walk to their front doors.
  • Requiring mail, trash, recycling and other deliveries to continue without disruption.
  • Requiring clean fill to speed construction, reduce the need for compaction, thereby minimizing vibration.

In the coming weeks, members of the project team will be available to meet one-on-one with affected property owners to review plans and discuss how construction may affect individual properties. Those along the phase 3 route will receive a door hanger with information on how to schedule a one-on-one meeting.


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.