City Begins Construction on Three New, Major Infrastructure Projects - $30 million in infrastructure upgrades to be made over next 18 months

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The City of Tampa continues to invest in important infrastructure projects, collectively known as the Utility Capital Improvement Projects (UCAP) program. Construction crews are ready to start work on three new infrastructure projects in north downtown Tampa, which, in total, is an investment of nearly $30 million.

The new projects include: Cypress Street Outfall Improvements, Water Transmission  Main, and the East Cass and East Tyler Streets Two-Way Improvements. 

Cypress Street Outfall

The Cypress Street Outfall Improvements project consists of installation of approximately 0.25 mile of box culverts. This work will occur from the Hillsborough River, west to the intersection of Cypress Street and North Boulevard, continue south along North Boulevard to the intersection of North Boulevard and West Cass Street, and will end just west of North Boulevard on West Cass Street.

Once complete, the project will help alleviate flooding along Rome Avenue and Cypress Street and provide the downstream capacity necessary for future stormwater projects.  Total cost for the project is $9.89 million with funding coming from the Stormwater Capital Project Fund as well as the Bond Proceeds Fund.

Water Transmission Main - Segment 2

This project is Segment 2 of a new 36-inch-diameter water transmission main that will run from the David L. Tippin Water Treatment Facility to South Tampa.  This pipeline is necessary to ensure that water pressure and fire hydrant flows remain high as development occurs in downtown and South Tampa.  Segment 2 will be constructed from the intersection of North Jefferson Street and East Cass Street, continue along East Tyler Street to Fortune Street, then west across the Hillsborough River, and terminate at the intersection of North Boulevard and West Cass Street. Also, a replacement 12-inch water main will be constructed along East Tyler Street between North Florida Avenue and North Tampa Street.

Total cost for the segment is $9.99 million with funding coming from the Water Renewal and Replacement Fund.

Cass, Tyler Two- Way Conversion

The East Cass and East Tyler project consists of converting East Cass Street and East Tyler Street from one-way streets into two-way streets. In addition, a barrier-separated cycle track will be added along East Cass Street to Nebraska Avenue.  

Once complete, the converted two-way East Cass Street and East Tyler Street will help restore the street grid in downtown, improve local access, and transform Cass Street into a central spine as outlined in the Invision Tampa Center City Plan.  Total cost for the two-way conversion and cycle track is $9.86 million with funding coming from the Local Option Gas Tax for design and Commercial Paper Program for construction.

All three projects are set to begin construction in January 2015, and work will last approximately 18 months. CH2M Hill will oversee construction. Residents and businesses will receive advance notice before active construction begins. Construction will be coordinated around significant events and performances.  

At certain intersections, tunneling technology will affect traffic patterns for short periods during construction. In addition to working with local residents and businesses, the City of Tampa will place variable message boards and other temporary signs downtown to provide advance notice of road closures and detours.

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 project team will work closely with local and state transportation authorities to develop traffic plans for the safety of the traveling public. Emergency services, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART), and the Hillsborough County public school system will be notified in advance of detours, lane closures, and impacts to bus schedules and stops.

The public can stay up to date on the projects by visiting Questions or comments should be directed to the UCAP hotline at (813) 777-9222. For additional information, please contact Tricia Shuler with CH2M HILL at (813) 281-7717.

For additional information, please contact: 

Ali Glisson, Public Affairs Director
(813) 274-8262