The City Council today will vote on moving ahead with the design phase of a $27 million stormwater pipe to alleviate flooding around S Dale Mabry between Neptune Street and Henderson Boulevard, an area that fills with water during heavy rains.
Two years ago, Mayor Pam Iorio was forced to go back to the drawing board on the project after Palma Ceia residents said construction would make streets impassable, destroy trees and threaten the foundations of their homes.
The new proposal completely bypasses Palma Ceia. And instead of tearing up streets to place pipes in a trench, plans call for digging giant pits and then pushing the pipe 30 to 40 feet below streets to avoid road closures and tree damage. The pipe will carry stormwater west to Tampa Bay.
Engineers still must determine whether the pipe will travel beneath W Morrison Avenue, W Watrous Avenue, W Neptune Street, or all three, said Steve Daignault, the city's administrator for public works and utilities.