Osprey Bridge to reopen Friday afternoon 

Sarasota, FL: The Osprey Avenue Bridge will reopen to vehicular traffic on Friday, July 14 by 4 p.m. The bridge had been closed since August 2016 to allow work crews to install two microtunnel segments which are critical to the success of the Lift Station 87 project.


“City staff and the project team extend our thanks to businesses and residents for their patience during this work,” said Sarasota Utility Director Mitt Tidwell. “We know construction can be an inconvenience, but once we complete this project, our community will have a more reliable, environmentally sound wastewater system.”


During this first phase of work, the contractor successfully microtunneled under Hudson Bayou and Luke Wood Park and are currently installing 36-inch diameter sewer mains inside the 60-inch steel casings. The first phase of the project is nearly complete, with minor work remaining.


The City received bids for the second phase of work, building Lift Station 87, on July 10, 2017. Once a contractor is selected and authorized to proceed, the construction period is 920 calendar days for final completion. The final phase of work, installing the gravity sewer mains, is scheduled to take place in 2019. 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 www.LiftStation87.com or call our project information line at 941-356-8071. Interested parties can also subscribe to email updates at www.egovlink.com/sarasota/subscriptions/subscribe.asp. Also, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram — search “City of Sarasota”.
Media requests should be directed to Michelle Klase Robinson, Dialogue Public Relations: 727-580-9013 or MRobinson@Dialogue-PR.com


About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com


Jan Thornburg

City of Sarasota

Sr. Communications Manager

941-954-2613 (O) | 941-650-9693 (C)

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