CLEARWATER – Construction is set to begin Monday on a 16-inch sanitation sewer pipeline that averages a daily flow of 450,000 gallons on a half-mile stretch on Gulf Boulevard on Sand Key.
The area to be impacted is along Gulf Boulevard south of the Shoppes at Sand Key to the Coast Guard Station. The project cost is estimated at $494,932 and is expected to be completed in early January.
The pipeline was constructed in 2000-01 as part of a joint roadway improvement project with Pinellas County to widen Gulf Boulevard. Three separate failures of the pipeline resulted between 2007 and 2012, according to city reports. The repair work is expected to help prevent future failures.
The scope of work includes replacing existing sanitary sewer pipeline fittings and restrained joints and constructing a temporary above-ground bypass to provide uninterrupted sewer service during construction. Traffic will be routed around the work zone during construction, and two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the project. Only temporary lane closures will be required.
Variable message boards along the project site are currently in place, and the contractor is delivering resident notification letters to the condos in the area.
Call the City of Clearwater's Engineering Dept. at (727) 562-4750 with questions.