The Ruby Street Stormwater Improvement and Beautification Project began in August 2016 with construction staging and pre-planning. Construction began in September 2016. There will be bi-weekly updates so please check back to find out the latest on the construction progress and road closures.
February 22, 2017 Update:
1. You may see some crew proactively exploring other areas of Ruby Street as they are proactively trying to locate and identify existing buried lines that may cause conflicts. This allows the construction crew to advance plan as much as possible.
2. In preparation for event season, the construction crews will still only be on site four days per week. On Fridays, you may observe a few crew members on site conducting cleaning and pick up. This allows events to take place without construction disruption. In the event of rain during a given week, you may see crews working on Fridays to make up time, but this will not interfere with any events.
3. We wish to stress again that there will be no disruption to the upcoming Sunnyland Antique Boat Show. The City staff has been working with the Sunnyland event organizers during the construction project and addressing any concerns that have been raised. To that end, the City staff has also been working closely with all upcoming event organizers to meet their needs. All events are running on schedule and we look forward to another successful season.
4. Projected timeframes: The construction should reach the Ruby/Joanna intersection in about two weeks. The project approx. four weeks until they reach the area of Tiki West.
February 1, 2017 Update:
1. Sinclair is now open.
2. In two weeks, the stormwater pipes will be brought down Ruby St. down towards the lobby area of Key West Resort.
3. In four weeks, it is anticipated the construction will reach the intersection of Joanna and Ruby. The intersection should be closed for approximately one week.
4. The crew will be backfilling Ruby Street as much as possible as the pipes are laid.
January 4, 2017 Update:
An update meeting was held at Hemingway's, 126 W Ruby Street, earlier today. The next update meeting is scheduled for January 11th at 2:00 pm, Hemingway's. The following are highlights from today's meeting:
1. Work continues down by the Joanna area railroad tracks. This will be wrapped up shortly.
2. Berm construction on the pond site will commence within two weeks.
3. Chiller line work at Sinclair and Ruby continues. The crew is now hand digging around six fiber optic lines in order to insure the safety of the lines.
4. During the weekend of January 20-23rd, it is anticipated that final line connections will be done in the Sinclair area. This will not effect local traffic.
5. Shortly after, work will proceed down Ruby to the Joanna intersection. The back road along the lake and Sinclair will be opened at this time so patrons and customer have continual access. Joanna will not close until Sinclair is reopened.
6. It is anticipated this work will finish by the middle of February.
December 5, 2016 Update:
There will be a meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 2:00 p.m. at the Lago Dora Restaurant, 134 E Ruby Street, to discuss the Ruby Street Stormwater and Beautification Project. Business owners, residents and anyone insteres is invited to attend. A project update and projected schedule will be provided at the meeting. For more information contact Mandy Wettstein at 352.406.0422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 18, 2016 Update:
Sinclair Avenue has been reopened temporarily for the weekend. Come and enjoy your favorite downtown entertainment spots!
November 10, 2016 Update:
1. Ruby Street between Sinclair and Joanna remains open to local traffic through the weekend. We can expect some closures next week, but the goal will be to have this section reopened during weekends.
2. Site work will begin in the water near the seaplane and boat ramps soon. This will include work involving sheet piles, well points, and jack and bore. For those that are interested about what you will see taking place around you, here are some brief explanations. Sheet piling is an earth retention and excavation support technique that retains soil, using steel sheet sections with interlocking edges. Sheet piles are installed in sequence to design depth along the planned excavation perimeter or seawall alignment. Jack and bore is a method of horizontal boring sewer construction. Construction crews drill a hole underground horizontally between two points without disturbing the surface between sending and receiving pits.
3. The ramps will be closed from November 28th through approximately December 9th.
4. Pond work and excavation continues. A makeshift dump site was discovered so that is requiring some extra time to clean out.
5. The acquisition of American made iron and steel continues. Remember, this is a project requirement.
6. The crew continues to water down Ruby Street twice per day for dust containment. In addition, the county is spraying in an attempt to alleviate the blind mosquitoes.
7. The City of Tavares has ordered some sandwich board signs that will be delivered next Tuesday. These signs will be placed at the front of street closure blockades to inform patrons that ALL BUSINESSES ARE OPEN. In addition, the City of Tavares will continue running this same message on a large digital billboard on Hwy. 441 in Tavares.
8. Construction will cease for the following holiday dates: November 23rd and resume on Monday November 28th, December 23rd and resume Monday, December 27th and December 30th and resume on Tuesday, January 3rd.
For additional project information please contact Mandy Wettstein at email@example.com or 352.406-0422.