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Bayshore should be back on track soon

Attention, joggers, bikers and walkers.

In about two months, you should have your uninterrupted stretch of Bayshore Boulevard back.

City officials say that's how long it will take to fix a portion of sidewalk damaged during a fierce storm Aug. 25.

Work on the 70-year-old concrete structure between Knights and Tambay avenues in South Tampa is expected to cost as much as $200,000, said public works director Jack Morriss. It could start in a few weeks.

Morriss said excess water in the ground pushed the sea wall out and swept the earth under the sidewalk into the bay, which caused the sidewalk to collapse.

To fix the problem, the city plans to repair a broken stormwater pipe, put filter fabric against the seawall so water can get out but soil can't, install a new drainage pipe and replace lost soil.

The pipes should help with drainage in the area, which had major flooding.

Officials also have cleaned drainage holes all along the seawall, which were clogged with barnacles and soil and contributed to flooding, Morriss said.

Morriss said the department also needs to make between $30,000 and $50,000 worth of repairs to the sidewalk near Rome Avenue, which was damaged during Frances. Because that damage occurred during what was declared an official state of emergency, the city will ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for the repairs, Morriss said.

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