North 2 Utilities Project Advances to Bid Process
The City’s engineering firm, Greeley & Hansen, is in the final stages of the planning, design and permitting of the North 2 project for the extension of water, sewer and irrigation, storm drainage improvements and new roads. The project design is incorporating the future “7 Islands” development off Old Burnt Store Road as well as road widening projects for Old Burnt Store, Tropicana and Nelson roads. Stormwater improvements in some local neighborhoods to mitigate flooding also are part of the design process.
The City is in the process of pre-qualifying utilities contractors and facilities contractors for bidding and construction of the project. The utilities contractors will be responsible for the construction of the water, sewer, irrigation, storm drain and roads. The facilities contractors will be responsible for the construction of the Wastewater Master Pump Stations and Irrigation Canal Pump Stations. Bidding is underway and will continue through October.
An important component of the project is securing the Florida Department of Protection State Revolving Fund Loan, which offers very low interest rates. We are on schedule to secure these loans in November with actual construction starting shortly after. Construction is anticipated to last 18 to 24 months depending on the specific project area.
After the construction bids are received, the City will determine the water, sewer and irrigation assessment costs. The costs will be mailed to each property owner in an information packet that will include the property assessment costs for each utility, project schedule, Frequently Asked Questions, etc.
The City will schedule informational public meetings to answer any questions the property owners will have on the project. If property owners have any questions at any time during the process and project, they can visit the UEP website at www.capecoral.net/uep or call the 311 Call Center formerly the Citizens Action Center by dialing 311 or (239) 574-0425. During construction, the City also will have a dedicated phone number set up to answer any construction related concerns.