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Posted September 17, 2021 | 2:12 PM

Hillsborough Offers Public Engagement Forum on Proposed Temporary Closure of West Burke Street

Residents are encouraged to learn about project and offer feedback online

Hillsborough County, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2021) - Hillsborough County Public Utilities is hosting an online public engagement to inform residents and gather feedback on the proposed temporary road closure for sections of West Burke Street, which is north of West Hillsborough Avenue and south of West Sligh Avenue.

A temporary 120-day road closure for sections of West Burke Street is necessary to perform work for the Burke Street Gravity Main Replacement Project. The sewer system in this area has severe cracks and damage that cannot be repaired. Due to the depth of the pipe, road segments must be closed to allow for the extensive excavation needed to safely replace these lines.

Hillsborough County Public Utilities invites residents to visit PublicInput.com/BurkeStGravityMainReplacement from Sept. 20 to Oct. 3 to review the road closure plan and maps. Residents can provide feedback online about the planned project and sign up to speak about this topic at the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting. The BOCC is scheduled to consider the proposed temporary road closure at its Nov. 3 regular board meeting. BOCC Policy 09.01.01.01 requires a public meeting for road closures of more than 30 consecutive days.

If approved by the BOCC, construction is expected to start in early 2022. The road closure will occur in sections of West Burke Street between Manhattan Avenue and Occident Street. The project will be done in three phases as the damaged sewer pipe is excavated and replaced. Each section will be completed before moving on to the next segment. The road will be open to local traffic and emergency vehicles only.

Traffic control devices and directional signage will be used to provide for the safe and efficient movement of all road users, including pedestrians, motor vehicle drivers, and bicyclists. Safe access to homes, schools, and businesses will be maintained throughout construction.

Residents in the impacted sections of West Burke Street can expect that they may not be able to access their driveways or the road directly in front of their home for approximately 30 days at some point in the project. Impacted residents will be contacted individually to discuss property access needs and accommodations, and advance notice of the closure dates for each phase will be provided to residents as construction progresses. On-street parking in other areas of West Burke Street will be available to impacted residents. During construction, the contractor will have a communication specialist who will be available to answer questions and facilitate communication with impacted residents.

For more information about the proposed West Burke Street temporary road closure, contact Al Martini, Hillsborough County Public Utilities project manager, at MartiniA@HCFLGov.net.

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