For Immediate Release: May 26, 2017
Contact: Michelle Klase Robinson, Community Outreach: 727-580-9013

Sarasota, FL: The second and final microtunnel segment of the Lift Station 87 project was completed this week, marking a significant milestone for the project. This 560-foot long tunnel under Luke Wood Park connects the Lift Station 87 site with the 36-inch wastewater main previously installed by microtunnel under Hudson Bayou.

The two microtunnels are critical to the success of the Lift Station 87 project. This work was scheduled first, ahead of other project components, to protect the City’s investment and minimize risks. “The City is pleased that these microtunnels are completed and this phase of work is nearly finished,” said Michael Crumpton, P.E., City of Sarasota utilities engineering manager. “We want residents and business owners to know that the project team appreciates their patience, and that we are working hard to restore and re-open Osprey Avenue this summer.”

Work remaining on this phase of the project includes installing the wastewater main inside the protective casing that was put in place during the second microtunnel drive and pressure testing the new pipeline. In June, crews will begin restoring Osprey Avenue curbs, sidewalks and asphalt. Once the work zone is safe, Osprey Bridge will be re-opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge will re-open to vehicular traffic in July.

Work on Lift Station 87 is scheduled to begin later this summer. Lift Station 87 will replace Lift Station 7, located at 935 Pomelo Avenue. Once the entire project is completed, wastewater flow will be redirected from Lift Station 7 to Lift Station 87.

For more information about the Lift Station 87 project, go to or call our project information line at 941-356-8071. Interested parties can also subscribe to email updates at



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