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Saturday, December 3, 2022

City of Ocala replacing sewer force main for road resurfacing project

The City of Ocala is looking to enter into an agreement with an engineering firm to assist with the replacement of a 1.3-mile sewer force main along SE 17th Street.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is designing a resurfacing project along the State Road 464 corridor from U.S. Highway 441 to U.S. Highway 35. The City of Ocala has water and sewer utilities that fall within the project limits in the FDOT right-of-way, and these utilities will need to either be relocated or adjusted.

Specifically, an 18-inch sewer force main located along SE 17th Street from the intersection of Lake Weir Avenue to SE 25th Avenue needs to be replaced due to deterioration. This replacement needs to occur prior to the start of the FDOT’s resurfacing project which is scheduled to begin in February of 2023.

The project requires an extensive traffic management plan, and the City of Ocala’s Engineering department does not have adequate staffing resources available to complete this task.

During the Ocala City Council regular meeting on Tuesday, February 1, a task work order between the City and Kimley-Horn and Associates will be presented to the council members for approval or denial as part of the consent agenda.

City staff is recommending approval, and if council members agree with that recommendation, Kimley-Horn’s engineering staff would work alongside the city’s Engineering department to complete the project design for the necessary adjustment and replacement of the sewer force main.

The utility plan would be designed by the city’s Engineering department and Kimley-Horn would handle the designs for the traffic management plan.

According to city records, the estimated cost of this project is just under $77,000.

The Ocala City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at Ocala City Hall, which is located at 110 SE Watula Avenue.