Osprey Avenue bridge expected to reopen to pedestrian traffic in May or June and to vehicles in July, city reports

Work on second microtunnel segment for Lift Station 87 project set to start week of April 17

A rendering shows the design of Lift Station 87 in Luke Wood Park. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

The first microtunnel segment for the City of Sarasota’s Lift Station 87 project has been completed, and the new 36-inch diameter wastewater main has been installed under Hudson Bayou and Osprey Avenue, the city reported on April 6.

Crews pressure-tested the pipe last week and will continue to place manholes and restore the area, a news release explains. Once the work zone is safe, the Osprey Avenue bridge will be re-opened to pedestrian traffic, the release points out. “That is expected to occur in May or June,” it says.

The bridge is expected to re-open to vehicular traffic in July, the release notes.

The contractor is scheduled to begin the second microtunnel segment of the project the week of April 17, the release continues. That will go from a shaft at the Lift Station 87 site in Luke Wood Park and be guided westward to the shaft at the intersection of Osprey Avenue and Mound Street, the release says.