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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: 2020-07-31
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.
Temporary Road Closure - Ortega Farms Boulevard - Timuquana Road to Sanibel Drive
For the safety of our crews and the general public, JEA will be required to temporarily close and detour traffic on Ortega Farms Boulevard from Timuquana Road to Sanibel Drive while the new sewer line and existing manholes are replaced. Residents should plan ahead for delays caused by the detour. Please see the work area and detour map below.
This temporary closure will begin the week of March 16th*and will remain in place through the anticipated project completion date of mid-July, 2020*.
Neighborhood traffic along Ortega Farms Boulevard will be detoured around the work area. Please observe all construction signs, detours and general directions provided by the crews working on site.
Following the completion of this work, JEA will mill and resurface Ortega Farms Boulevard from Timuquana Road to Seaboard Avenue.
*Dates are subject to change.For the safety of our crews, dewatering pumps will be installed prior to major excavation and will continue to operate throughout the project.
Temporary Gated Access for The Venetian
Access to The Venetian on the Ortega River community will be directly affected during this road closure beginning March 23rd*. In order to maintain gated access to the community during this time, a temporary access gate has been constructed. Residents of The Venetian will be able to access the community with their existing key fobs and new keypad access located just outside of the newly installed gate.
A temporary bypass system will also be installed in order to help continue to transport wastewater during construction. Please see the temporary closure map and schedule below.
- March 16, 2020 - March 17, 2020*: Main entrance gate to The Venetian will be closed and traffic routed to the new temporary gate
- March 18, 2020* - March 19, 2020*: Traffic will be detoured to Colvin Lane and main access gate utilized during installation of the sewer bypass system
- March 20, 2020* – mid-July 2020*: Main entrance gate will be closed and new temporary gate will be utilized for the remainder of the project
Signs will be placed to direct residents to the appropriate access points. Please observe all construction signs, detours and general directions provided by the crews working on site. Residents should plan ahead for delays caused by this temporary detour.
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
Progress Photo - Sudbury Avenue
Progress Photo - Wilson Boulevard
Progress Photo - Jack and Bore Under Blanding Boulevard
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.
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.