Downtown Water Pipeline Construction to Begin in July - New pipeline will improve water pressure

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Construction crews will begin installing a new 1 mile 36-inch diameter water transmission main in Downtown Tampa beginning in July. The new pipeline, called CIAC Segment 2 Phase 1, will facilitate improvements to the water delivery system required to serve redevelopment activity in the Downtown/South Tampa Area. The redevelopment creates additional water demands that require improvements to water transmission, pumping and storage infrastructure. The project also includes installing one-quarter mile of 12-inch diameter water main along with various small water main pipe upgrades along Tyler Street.

The first stage of the in CIAC Segment 2, Phase 1 construction is a 500-foot long tunnel under the Hillsborough River, which enables pipeline installation without impacting the environment. Sending and receiving shafts will be excavated on both sides of the river: one at Fortune Drive and Doyle Carlton Drive and one at Cypress Street and Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park. The 36-inch pipeline under the river will be housed in a 60-inch steel cased conduit. The first stage of the project is an estimated construction cost of $4 million.

The tunneling effort, which is expected to have minimal traffic and business impacts, will continue through November 2014. Also in November, crews will begin mobilizing on the next stage of the project. Stage 2 includes installing the remaining 36-inch pipeline, which will begin at the intersection of N. Jefferson Street and E. Cass Street, along E. Tyler Street, to Fortune Street, then west across the Hillsborough River, ending at the intersection of N. Boulevard and W. Cass Street.

CIAC stands for "Contribution in Aid of Construction," which is the funding source for project. CIAC is one component of the City’s Utility Capital Improvement Projects (UCAP), an important design-build program, designed to improve reliability and service by replacing the City's infrastructure.

Residents and businesses will receive advance notice before active construction begins. 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 public can stay up to date on the project 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.