On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, City Staff discovered the failure of a 72-inch storm pipe along West Bay Drive in Downtown Largo. Engineering responded to a report of a large hole next to the roadway near Ulmer Park. Coordinating with the Public Works Department, staff barricaded the area for immediate safety.
The City is working with a contractor to stabilize the failure and working to avoid damage to the nearby roadway or sewer system. The stabilization work will happen over the next few weeks in July and will provide a temporary fix to the larger issue of failing pipes due to age. The proposed work should not impact potable water.
The complete impact of this storm pipe failure is currently being evaluated by City staff and includes, but is not limited to, the replacement of approximately 175 linear feet of 72-inch storm pipe, repairs to five irrigation zones in Ulmer Park, removal of three to five existing trees along the West Bay Drive corridor, and sidewalk replacement. A consultant will work with the City to design a permanent solution and full scope of work with construction scheduled as early as October of this year. Construction is expected to last several months due to the size and depth of the pipes that will require repair.
Staff is working to notify residents and businesses impacted by short-term and long-term necessary construction. Individuals interested in following the most up-to-date information can visit Largo.com/projects and can sign up for email updates on all Downtown projects and more. Questions can be directed to Barry Westmark, Senior Engineer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727)587-6470 ext.4433.