Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Digging Up Seminole Heights

12th Street will be dug up to replace the wastewater pipe.

City Begins Replacing 12th Street Wastewater Pipeline
July 11, 2008 - Crews have begun video surveying and mobilizing construction equipment for a new wastewater pipeline that will improve service and reliability for Tampa customers. The new five-mile pipeline will replace the aging 12th Street wastewater pipeline and carry about one-fourth of the City’s wastewater from the Sulphur Springs Pumping Station to the 26th Street interceptor sewer.

The original 12th Street wastewater pipeline was placed in service in 1980. This pipeline has failed twice since 2004, causing highly disruptive and expensive repairs. Replacing the pipeline will help ensure reliable wastewater service for Tampa.

Construction for the new 12th Street Wastewater Force Main will start in mid-August and is scheduled to be completed in July 2009. To minimize public impact and expedite construction, multiple crews will work simultaneously on different sections of the pipeline route. Trenchless construction will be used to tunnel under the Hillsborough River.

Residents and businesses along the project route will receive advance notice prior to active construction beginning in their neighborhoods. Protecting the public, work crews and the environment is extremely important during construction. Construction areas will be restricted from public access and will be clearly marked with caution tape, safety fences or barricades.

The $19 million 12th Street project is one component of the City’s Utility Capital Improvement Projects (UCAP), an important pipeline improvement program designed to improve reliability and service by replacing the City’s aging water and wastewater pipelines. CH2M HILL Constructors designed the project and will oversee construction.

The public can stay up to date on the project by visiting tampa-ucap.com. Questions or comments should be directed to the UCAP hotline at (813) 777-9222. For additional information, please contact Wendy Nero with CH2M HILL at (813) 874-0777.

Of note:
The city’s arborist will continue to assist the team through
construction, ensuring maximum protection of trees. If
trimming of trees is necessary, the team will follow the
arborist’s requirements for care and preservation. Tree
canopies may dictate the size of equipment used during
construction and root systems will also affect what
construction techniques, such as tunneling under some root
systems, could be used.
􀀶 Construction crews will take every precaution to protect
valuable personal property, including mailboxes, driveways
and landscaping.
􀀶 Both city and personal property will be restored to original
condition or better. Brick streets will be restored to brick
streets and asphalt streets will be totally repaved curb to curb.

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