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West Grid - Wilson to Ortega Farms Sewer Improvement Project
The goal of this construction project is to make the community even better by improving our service and reliability to your neighborhood. Start and Completion dates are subject to change and do not include final restoration of the project area. Thank you in advance for your patience!
Estimated Dates & Work Schedule
Anticipated End Date: 2020-05-31
Normal work schedule is Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please note that in some circumstances, evening and weekend work hours may be necessary.
JEA is continuing work to replace and upsize an existing 24-inch sewer transmission main which has reached the end of its service life. This pipe serves a large segment of Jacksonville’s west side, conveying approximately 3.6 million gallons a day of sewage to JEA’s nearby Southwest Water Treatment Facility. When completed, this new 30-inch sewer transmission main will provide better sewer service reliability and assist with future growth in the area.
The new sewer transmission main will be installed starting near the intersection of Ortega Farms Boulevard and Timuquana Road, north along Ortega Farms Road, cross Fishing Creek at the City’s Wayne B. Stevens Boat Ramp, continuing along Confederate Point Road, Cedar Hills Boulevard, Sunbury Avenue and ending at the southwest corner of Wilson Boulevard and Aldington Drive.
Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) at Fishing Creek
JEA’s contractor has started preparations to install a 30-inch sewer transmission main under Fishing Creek using the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) method of construction. Directional drilling, or HDD, is a steerable, trenchless method of installing underground pipes. HDD is often used when digging or trenching is not practical for installing a pipe, such as under a water body. Watch a video about the HDD process.
Temporary Road Closure #1- Confederate Point Road & Ortega Boulevard
For the safety of our crews and the general public, JEA will be required to close a portion of Confederate Point Road and Ortega Farms Boulevard throughout the staging of the pipe and during the horizontal directional drill (HDD) operations (Mid-August 2019 — Mid-September 2019).
*NOTE: Start and completion dates are subject to change.
Access to the Wayne B. Stevens Boat Ramp area outside the main boat ramp fence will be limited during this operation. The main boat ramp will remain open and accessible as will navigation through the waterway.
Please note the specific access for the following areas:
- J.E.B. Stuart Middle School access via Savannah Avenue or Vicksburg Avenue to Fort Sumter Road to Swamp Fox Road
- Shoreline Apartments access via La Moya Avenue or Swamp Fox Road to Travelers Road
- Heritage Apartments main entry access via Blanding Boulevard at Autumn Lane to Confederate Point Road
- The Preserve Apartments access via Blanding Boulevard at Autumn Lane to Confederate Point Road
Temporary Road Closure #2- Cedar Hills and Confederate Point
For the safety of our crews and the general public, crews will be required to temporarily close portions of Cedar Hills Boulevard and Confederate Point Road from approximately July 19th to September 6th while our contractor installs a new pipe under Blanding Boulevard.
JEA will be utilizing a pipe installation method (jack and bore) that will allow us to keep Blanding Boulevard open to traffic for the duration of the work. This construction will require the temporary closure of both sides of Blanding Boulevard at the locations the pipe will be installed.
Local traffic will be permitted (no thru traffic) and residents will be permitted to drive (with caution) through the project area. Please see the below detour maps for additional details.
North Bound Detour Route:
- Confederate Point Road will turn left on Fall Terrace Lane, right on Autumn Lane to Blanding Boulevard
- Cedar Hills Boulevard from Blanding Boulevard will turn left on Wilson Boulevard, left on Sudbury Avenue to Cedar Hills Boulevard
South Bound Detour Route:
- Confederate Point Road will turn left on Wesconnett Boulevard, left on La Moya Avenue to Confederate Point Road
- Cedar Hills Boulevard from Blanding Boulevard will turn right on Wilson Boulevard, left on Sudbury Avenue to Cedar Hills Boulevard
Temporary Lane Closure #3- Wilson Boulevard - Aldington Drive to Sudbury Avenue
Construction will soon begin to install the new sewer transmission main on Wilson Boulevard. The two east bound lanes of Wilson Boulevard between Aldington Drive and Sudbury Avenue will be temporarily closed during this work (July - October 2019). For the safety of our crews and the general public, a concrete barrier wall will be installed along this portion of the project route.
Customers will have access to their properties during this time, with the exception of when the pipe is being directly installed in front of homes or businesses. Our contractor will work closely with property owners directly impacted by this work to provide access in and out of driveways. Please see the map on the reverse side of this document for details on which addresses will be directly impacted. Until the pipe installation has occurred in front of your home or business, access can temporarily be obtained from the east end near Sudbury Avenue.
Progress Photo - Jack and Bore Under Blanding Boulevard
Progress Photo - Wilson Boulevard
Temporary Lane Closures - Wilson Boulevard - East Ledbury road to Sudbury Avenue
For the safety of our crews and the general public, we will be required to temporarily close a portion of Wilson Boulevard between East Ledbury Road to Sudbury Avenue from July 1st – October 31st. East bound lanes on Wilson Boulevard will be closed and traffic will be shifted over to single lane travel lanes in both directions. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Construction Conditions and Tree Trimming
Construction will primarily occur in the City of Jacksonville (COJ) and Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) rights of way, roads and easements. The contractor will begin with mobilizing equipment and locating existing utilities within the project limits to locate the public rights of way and existing utilities (JEA, AT&T, Comcast, TECO Gas, etc.).
The contractor will be required to temporarily close portions of roads to thru-traffic to complete the installation of the new sewer force main. These closures are necessary for the both the safety of the workers and the general public. Residents and businesses that reside within the project boundaries will be provided access and are permitted to drive (with caution) within the construction area. There will be times during the day when customers may have limited access when the contractor is working directly in front of homes or businesses. The COJ’s Wayne B. Stevens Boat Ramp will remain accessible during construction.
Tree trimming will be required in areas with low-hanging tree branches in order to safely navigate equipment through the project area.
Overall Project Detour
The contractor will continue to detour traffic along Ortega Farms Boulevard as the pipe installation continues gradually down the road. Please pay close attention to electronic message boards as detour information will be updated.
Project Area Map
Restoration of Project Area
Restoration of the project area will begin after the sewer line has been tested and cleared for use. Upon completion of the project, any existing pavement, concrete (sidewalks and driveways), grass, landscaping, or irrigation impacted during construction will be returned to its pre-construction condition.