Sheet piling installation to begin April 23 in Luke Wood Park as part of Lift Station 87 project

Residents advised that the activity will create noise and vibrations intermittently over six to eight weeks

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

Construction crews are scheduled to begin installing sheet piling at the Lift Station 87 site in Luke Wood Park in Sarasota the week of April 23, the City of Sarasota has announced.

“Steel panels will be driven into the ground by vibratory hammers and drivers, so residents can expect to hear this activity intermittently over the next six to eight weeks during regular construction hours (7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays),” a news release says.

“Vibration monitors have been installed near the construction zone to protect adjacent properties,” the release adds. “The project team will monitor vibration and noise near the construction zone,” the release continues. “If monitors detect excessive vibration, the contractor will modify the construction approach,” the release points out.

This work will be similar to the installation of the microtunnel shafts during Phase 1 of the project, the release explains. Sheet piling will provide stability and safety as the contractor constructs the lift station’s underground wet well, the release says.

In September 2017, city staff said this phase of the project — the construction of the lift station itself — is expected to be completed in late spring of 2020. PCL Construction of Ruskin won the city contract to handle this part of the work at a cost of $21,127,000. The lift station will serve about one-third of City of Sarasota customers after its completion, City Manager Tom Barwin has pointed out.

Anyone with questions about the project activity in Luke Wood Park work may call the Lift Station 87 communications line at 356-8071, the release notes.