Osprey Avenue reopened to traffic following work associated with Lift Station 87

Temporary single-lane closures planned week of July 19 at intersection of Osprey and Bahia Vista Street

In September 2020, work continued on the building in Luke Wood Park that is above the ‘wet well’ portion of Lift Station 87. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

Osprey Avenue recently reopened to traffic following the completion of necessary infrastructure work associated with the new Lift Station 87, Sarasota Mayor Hagen Brody reported in his July 2 newsletter.

A few temporary, single-lane closures at the intersection of Osprey Avenue and Bahia Vista Street are planned for the week of July 19, he wrote. Those will allow crews to “replace the traffic signal span wires with mast arms, hardening the system against possible storm damage,” Brody noted, adding, “We appreciate the community’s patience during these important upgrades.”

The final phase (Phase III) of the Lift Station 87 project is scheduled for completion in August, Brody pointed out. That phase includes the construction of a new neighborhood park in place of the decommissioned Lift Station 7, which is being demolished.

All wastewater flow from Lift Station 7 — representing about one-third of the city’s total wastewater flow — “has been permanently diverted to the new Lift Station 87,” he added.

Further, the new storm-hardened Lift Station 87 building — in Luke Wood Park — was designed to withstand Category 3 hurricane wind and storm surge, he continued, “improving our community’s resiliency by ensuring that service can remain online for homes and businesses in the event of a major storm.”