Construction to Begin on New Infrastructure Projects in Downtown Tampa
The City of Tampa continues to invest in neighborhoods through important infrastructure projects, collectively known as the Utility Capital Improvement Projects (UCAP) program. Construction crews are preparing to begin work on two new infrastructure projects in downtown Tampa: a new 36-inch water transmission main and the two-waying of E. Cass Street and E. Tyler Street. Both projects are scheduled to begin in downtown Tampa on May 4, 2015.
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 $10 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.
Beginning May 4, 2015, the following intersections will be immediately affected: E. Tyler Street between Pierce Street and N. Jefferson Street; E. Cass Street. between Pierce Street and N. Jefferson Street.; Cass Orange Connector between E. Tyler Street and E .Cass Street; and N. Orange between E. Tyler Street and E. Cass Street. The streets will remained closed for approximately three (3) months.
A map of the affected area is available at tampagov.net.
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. At certain intersections, tunneling technology will affect traffic patterns for short periods during construction.
Construction will be coordinated around significant events and performances. The City’s contractor is working with local businesses and residents to provide advance notice of construction. The City will place variable message boards and other temporary signs downtown to provide advance notice of road closures and detours.
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 tampa-ucap.com. 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.