Utilities Extension Project

400 Santa Barbara Blvd. Cape Coral, FL 33991
239.574.0558

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Construction Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where will work take place?

Most construction will take place within the City’s right-of-way, which is property owned by the City to use for utilities and other infrastructure needs. The right-of-way includes the City street and a portion of areas on either side of the roadway.

  • Why are there construction supplies stored on vacant property?

    With permission, contractors use vacant city owned and private property to store construction supplies, equipment and vehicles. Access to the storage areas allows the contractors to work more efficiently and is cost-effective. Stored supplies may include piles of stone, dirt, pipes, steel, heavy equipment, vehicles and other construction materials.

    Contractor Staging Yard    Staging Yard

  • How will construction work be accomplished?

    There are three new pipelines being installed; water, sewer and irrigation. The new sewer lines are being installed in the center of the street. Water lines are placed along one side of the street while irrigation lines are placed on the other side both within the right-of-way. 
  • What is the construction process?

    There are many steps in constructing the new City utility system. The steps are listed on this  website under the construction tab, process.
  • How will I be notified of construction activities?

    Tenants, residents and business operators will be notified of construction via door hangers, in person and printed notices. Construction representatives will coordinate with those affected by driveway closures, mailbox relocation and landscaping removal, if necessary. 
  • When will construction start in my neighborhood?

    The schedule for each project area will vary. Residents and businesses will be notified by a flyer or by a construction representative prior to work starting. The construction schedule will be posted on this website.
  • Will there be road closures and detours?

    Road closures will be necessary to construct this project and will vary from street to street.  Detours will be clearly marked with signs, prior to any road closures. Major road detours and closures are posted on the Traffic Advisory page.
  • Will I be able to get in and out of my driveway during construction?

    We understand that construction is an inconvenience. Maintaining access to homes and businesses will be kept open as much as possible. There may be times where driveway access is restricted or inaccessible for a short period of time. Construction representatives will attempt to contact residents prior to any driveway disruptions. 
  • Will construction affect garbage pickup and mail delivery?

    At times, your garbage pickup and mail delivery may be affected. Construction representatives will work with Waste Pro and the U.S. Postal Service to minimize any disruption. If the garbage is not picked up on the regularly scheduled day, it will be picked up as vehicles are able to travel through the neighborhood. Mail service will continue as scheduled, but some disruption may occur. The post office is aware of street closures and will make every attempt to deliver mail without interruption. 
  • Will school bus stop locations change?

    If it becomes necessary to relocate a bus stop temporarily due to construction activities the bus driver will notify students. 
  • When will the contractor work?

    Construction crews typically work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and some Saturdays, if necessary and approved by the City. 
  • Will work be noisy?

    The installation of City utilities involves major construction activity, which means noise is inevitable. Heavy equipment is used to dig trenches, remove asphalt, grade dirt and perform many other construction activities. De-watering pumps may be in place for 14 days or longer and can be disruptive. Construction crews will make all attempts to minimize noise. 
  • What will happen to the landscaping and specialty mailboxes in front of houses?

    Landscaping material (such as palm trees) and mailboxes located within the right-of-way will need to be removed to accommodate pipe installation. Should landscaping material and/or mailboxes need to be removed, residents will be notified by a construction representative. Sod removed by the contractor for construction will be replaced with the same type of sod upon project completion.
  • What safety precautions should we take?

    Safety is always the City of Cape Coral’s No. 1 priority. Each construction site adheres to strict safety standards. Please discourage children from playing in and near the construction site. Also, please pay strict attention to road closures and utilize the detours. 
  • How do I know if my street is closed?

    Street closures are a necessary part of the project.  A construction representative will attempt to notify tenants, residents and business operators of pending street closures. All long-term street closures are posted on this website under traffic advisory.
  • Will my property be restored once construction is complete?

    Yes, streets will be repaired or replaced, and sod, sprinkler systems and portions of driveways within the right-of-way will be restored to like conditions. If your property has any landscape materials, trees, shrubs, decorative fencing, etc., located within the right-of-way that will conflict with construction, the contractor will contact you regarding the conflict. Typically, items within the right-of-way that present a conflict must be removed within 60 days of notification of the conflict. If they are not removed, the contractor is authorized to remove and dispose of any of those items in the way of construction, per City Ordinance 83-93. 
  • I am building a new house in the next Utilities Extension Area. Do I have to install a well and septic tank system if City utilities are coming?

    No. You can obtain a Hold Harmless Agreement from the City of Cape Coral Building Division located on the first floor of City Hall. However, if you sign the Hold Harmless Agreement, no Certificate of Occupancy will be issued until the City has completed installation of the utilities.
  • Who do I call if I have questions or concerns during construction?

    Contact Information:

    Contact the 311 Call Center formerly the Citizens Action Center by dialing 311 or (239) 574-0425.

    Email: uep@capecoral.net