Project FAQ

This page is intended to provide answers to general question about the project.

The project includes the replacement of old, failing asbestos cement (AC) drinking water mains and pressurized sewer mains.  The work also includes the milling and resurfacing of Osprey Avenue and the installation of sidewalk ramps, crosswalks and signals that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and improve pedestrian circulation.  All work will be conducted within the Osprey Avenue public road right-of-way between Bay Street, on the south end, and the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, on the north end.  Utility and sidewalk work will be completed before milling and resurfacing of the road. All areas disturbed by construction activities will be restored equal to or better than the pre-existing condition. 

Why is the project needed?2020-02-03T22:53:27+00:00

The existing water and wastewater pipelines are old and need to be replaced before they fail.  This especially is important for the old AC wastewater force main since it carries over one-third of the sewage produced in the City.  If it fails, the City would be exposed to a serious raw sewage spill. 

Additionally, the existing roadway surface is old and needs to be replaced along with improvements to improve pedestrian mobility and ADA compliance.

Who is doing the work?2020-02-03T22:54:02+00:00

METRO EQUIPMENT SERVICE, INC. from Miami, Florida is the construction contractor for this project. City of Sarasota staff will serve as the project manager, engineer and inspectors for the project.

What is the construction contract amount?2020-02-03T22:54:59+00:00

The construction contract amount is $8,976,082.50.

How is the team engaging the community?2020-06-04T19:34:44+00:00

There are several ways that residents can be involved and stay up-to-date on the project.

  • Check this website.
  • During construction, hand flyers and/or door hangers will be posted at each property to alert occupants of important events directly impacting them prior to the impact.
  • Attend periodic community meetings will be held to provide information, answer questions and solicit input.
  • Utility department employees will be on-site inspecting the project and will be available to answer questions. 
  • Contact the City’s Project Manager directly at 941-263-6185 or via email at bill.riebe@sarasotafl.gov. The City’s Project Manager can provide answers and resolutions to most any issues that residents or businesses have concerning the project.

The contractor is also coordinating closely with the City on all their neighborhood communications efforts.

Our Utilities Department intends to send out updates and notifications about the project to all those on its e-subscribers list.

For all individuals who check the City’s Twitter Page, periodic updates and announcements are expected to be posted.

When will this project be completed?2020-06-04T19:39:48+00:00

November 30, 2021

For un-answered questions or concerns about the project, please contact the City of Sarasota’s Project Manager Bill Riebe, who is assisting in managing the project by calling:
941-263-6884 or via email at bill.riebe@sarasotafl.gov