City of Tampa plans major transportation, and wastewater improvements

Flooding street from sewage

The City of Tampa is preparing to launch the first phase of Foundation for Tampa’s Neighborhoods, an initiative that includes water, wastewater, stormwater, and transportation improvements in multiple neighborhoods within Tampa’s city limits. 

Construction is planned to start this summer, contingent on the approval of funding by Tampa City Council. The plan itself will go before city council in May. These improvements, along with sustainability and resiliency features, are planned in East Tampa, Forest Hills, Macfarlane Park and Virginia Park. 

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Project highlights, via City of Tampa, include: 

  • Replacement of more than 18 miles of aging water distribution piping 
  • Rehabilitation of more than 27 miles of aging wastewater piping 
  • Miscellaneous stormwater improvements to correct nuisance ponding 
  • General roadway improvements throughout the four neighborhoods and one intersection signal upgrade 

“There are many community benefits to Foundation for Tampa’s Neighborhoods,” Mayor Jane Castor said in a release. “Not only are we upgrading Tampa’s aging infrastructure, creating lasting improvements for decades to come, but we’ll improve water pressure and drastically reduce the likelihood of water main breaks and wastewater cave ins. This will also ensure more reliable utility service throughout these neighborhoods.”

Tampa families will also have improved fire protection through residential areas.

The first work people will see beginning this summer will happen in the East Tampa and MacFarlane Park neighborhoods, consisting of wastewater pipeline lining and manhole rehabilitation and replacement.    

The second step will be water pipe bursting construction in all four neighborhoods, with stormwater work as the next step, according to Brad Baird, Deputy Administrator of Infrastructure. Road improvements and repaving measures will be the final step. 

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“The Design-Build Project team will work closely with City right of way permitting staff to develop maintenance of traffic plans that will help the public move safely through the construction zones,” Baird said.  “While no one likes road construction, we will be there every step of the way. We know this is a way to ensure our infrastructure can withstand the test of time and the City of Tampa can continue to provide the highest level of customer service possible.” 

Emergency services will be notified by the City of Tampa in advance of detours and lane closures. Lane closures will be clearly marked, and flagmen will help direct traffic.   

Most construction activities can be expected between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. during weekdays. Some construction may be performed at night or on the weekends. 

Foundation for Tampa’s Neighborhoods Design Build project is powered by Mayor Castor’s Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow initiative. This project is expected to go before Tampa City Council in May. 

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