Construction Will Close Southern Lane of 1st Ave. S. Beginning Jan. 4, 2022

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Beginning Jan. 4, 2022, construction for a new 16-inch diameter wastewater pipeline will close segments of the south side of 1st Avenue South, including the City right of way, on-street parking and the southernmost travel lane. Construction on 1st Avenue South is expected to last through mid-April, beginning at 66th Street South and moving east toward 43rd Street South. This pipeline is part of the City’s Lift Station 87 Wet Weather Flow Transfer Project.

The pipeline will be installed by horizontal directional drilling, a trenchless technique that minimizes above-ground disruptions, as the pipe is installed by tunneling under the roadway and intersections. During this process, pipe must be laid out along the roadway, fused together, and then pulled continuously through the tunnel until it is fully installed. This operation will impede driveway access in affected segment for five to seven days, then the operation will move to the next location.

Residents can expect to see and hear construction activity and possibly feel minor vibration from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Temporary lane closures, detours and sidewalk closures will be required in construction zones. All detours and closures will be clearly marked, and variable message boards will keep motorists and pedestrians informed. Please use caution while driving, bicycling or walking in the area, and allow extra time for travel.

This project will improve wastewater system reliability and minimize wet weather overflows. It is required by Florida Department of Environment Protection Consent Order No. 16-1280 and will be utilized only during peak wet weather events to prevent disruptions to the normal function of the City’s wastewater system. The project includes:

  • Installing a new lift station at 690 43rd Street South,
  • Constructing a new 16-inch diameter pipeline to connect the new lift station to the Pasadena Master Pump Station located on Park Circle South, and
  • Replacing aging brick manholes and 460 feet of gravity sewer line on 43rd Street South.

This project is part of a master plan to address St. Pete’s water infrastructure holistically. For more information about the project, visit