Project Overview

The City of Sarasota is committed to providing reliable, safe and responsive water and wastewater service and highly serviceable roadways and sidewalks.  The Osprey Avenue Utilities and Roadway Improvements Project is intended to honor this commitment.

This project entails the replacement of old, failing asbestos cement (AC) drinking water mains and pressurized sewer mains.  Specifics of this work are detailed below. 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.

Construction techniques specified for the pipeline work, horizontal directional drill (HDD) and slip-lining, are specifically designed to minimize disruption and impacts to adjoining property owners, existing streetscape and vegetation, the traveling public and the community at large.  Areas disturbed by construction will be temporarily restored immediately to a serviceable condition until final restoration is completed.  Once all the utilities are installed, the entire roadway surface will be upgraded.

Work activities will require changes in traffic patterns, including temporary detours and short closures.  Affected residents and businesses will be given plenty of notice and activities will be coordinated with property owners to ensure access.

Construction began in June and will end on or before Nov. 30th, 2021.  All work activities between Bay Street and Fruitville Road will be paused between mid-December 2020 and March 31, 2021.

The contract amount for construction is $8,976.082.50.

Residents are encouraged to check the City’s project website  for regular updates and answers to frequently asked questions.


The project work includes:

  1. Replacement of an existing 20-inch diameter asbestos cement (AC) wastewater force main with new 30-inch High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) force main in the Osprey Ave. road right-of-way, using HDD technology, between Brother Geenan Way and 10th Launch and/or receiving pits will be located at Brother Geenan, 4th Street and the parking lot at the Gillespie Dog Park (immediately north of 10th Street). This segment of pipeline will be approximately 30 to 40 feet below grade.
  2. Replacement of an existing 20-inch AC wastewater force main with a new 24-inch PVC force main (connecting to the new 30-inch HDPE force main), using open-cut excavation technology, within a vacant segment of the Osprey Ave. right-of-way from 10th Street north to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  3. Replacement of an existing 10-inch AC water main with a new 12-inch HDPE water main in the Osprey road right-of-way between Brother Geenan Way and 10th Street using slip-line technology; whereby, the old AC force main pipe will be repurposed as a sleeve for the new 12-inch HDPE pipe. Launch and receiving pits for slip-lining the main are anticipated at Brother Geenan Way and then roughly every 700 ft. to 1,000 ft. heading north.  Smaller pits within the road will be necessary for new service connections to exiting property owners.
  4. Replacement of an existing 10-inch water main along Osprey Ave. between Bay St. and Brother Geenan Way using a combination of HDD and open-cut technology.
  5. Milling and repaving of Osprey Ave. between Bay Street and 10th Street with various ADA sidewalk improvements and other misc. road improvements along the way.
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