Lift Station 87 project marks another milestone

Wetwell completed, so work to begin soon on building housing for that structure

An aerial view shows the wetwell for Lift Station 87. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

The week of Aug. 12, crews began removing sheet piling panels from the Lift Station 87 construction site in Luke Wood Park, Sarasota City Manager Tom Barwin reported in his Aug. 16 newsletter.

“That’s the telltale sign that the wetwell, 50 feet deep, is now complete, a significant milestone with this critical infrastructure improvement project,” Barwin pointed out.

After the panels have been removed, he continued construction of the lift station building would get underway. “It’s expected to take approximately one year to complete,” he added, with the structure designed to withstand a Category 3 hurricane.

Removal of the sheet piling panels, which were driven into the ground for the wetwell construction, requires heavy machinery, Barwin wrote. The use of such equipment “can involve some vibration. We appreciate the patience of those in the neighboring areas as crews wrap up this phase of the project,” he added.

Once finished and operational, Lift Station 87 will handle approximately one-third of the city’s wastewater, which will flow to the treatment facility on 12th Street through “underground piping expected to last at least 100 years,” Barwin pointed out.

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