Frequently Asked Questions
The Cypress Street Outfall Regional Stormwater Improvements Design-Build project is part of the City of Tampa’s phased approach to reducing frequent flooding in residential and commercial areas of West Cass Street, North Rome Avenue, and West Gray Street, to reduce the duration and depth of flooding.
The project consists of the design and construction of approximately 7,300 linear feet of box culvert, laterals, inlets, and interconnections to the existing stormwater system. The existing potable water lines and the existing sanitary sewer lines will be replaced in the project area. A new 36-inch water transmission main will be constructed. The design-build effort will also incorporate green solutions as part of the stormwater infrastructure and improve water quality.
The approximate budgeted amount is $35 million.
The project is being funded by the City of Tampa’s Stormwater Improvement Assessment. The Stormwater Improvement Assessment is an Annual Non-Ad Valorem assessment that pays for capital improvements associated with the stormwater system in the Central and Lower Improvement Area. The Southwest Florida Water Management District will reimburse the City of Tampa for 50% of the project costs.
West Cass Street from North Boulevard to North Rome Avenue
North Rome Avenue from West Cass Street to West Kennedy Boulevard
West Gray Street from North Rome Avenue to North Tampania Avenue
The project will start on West Cass Street at North Boulevard and move westward to North Rome Avenue; southward on North Rome Avenue to West Kennedy Boulevard; then moving westward on West Gray Street from North Rome Avenue to North Tampania Avenue, with approximately eight (8) months of work per roadway. There will be some overlap of construction activity between sections.
Monday through Friday, with occasional work on weekends
7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Yes, but on a limited and as-needed basis.
Construction activities will require temporary road closures and detours. To ensure the safety of work crews and the traveling public, directional signage will be used to clearly mark closures and detours and flagmen will be present, as needed, to assist pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists through construction areas.
Temporary closures and detour schedules will be listed on the project website (www.cypress-streetoutfall.com).
Normal access to properties will be affected as construction progresses along the route. We will work to minimize the duration of disruption and accommodate access to the adjoining property. Property owners will be notified prior to normal access being altered.
If a business entrance is currently located along the planned route (W. Cass Street, N. Rome Avenue, and W. Gray Street), an FDOT business sign will be installed during construction. Signage located outside of the limits of construction activities will not be altered.
Yes; however, residents and businesses will be notified in advance of all construction activities that are expected to impact their water supply. Water outages will vary depending on size but will not last more than eight (8) hours.
Residents/businesses will be notified of planned service interruptions via door hanger notifications. In accordance with the City of Tampa’s water department requirements, notification of residents and businesses shall be provided no less than 72 hours in advance of a water shutdown. Due to the two-day water testing requirements, water shutdowns may start on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.
To avoid/minimize impacts to mail delivery and garbage/recycling pick-up, the contractor will work to coordinate with providers concerning construction activities and will accommodate, as necessary, to avoid interruption. Any service interruptions should be reported by calling the project hotline at 813-321-0809 or emailing Info@cypress-streetoutfall.com.
The Cypress Street Outfall Regional Stormwater Improvements project will significantly improve and drastically reduce the duration and depth of flooding within the project limits. The road grades will be altered and improved to eliminate on-street ponding and the existing storm system will be totally removed and resized to accommodate the amount of rainfall the area is subjected to. The new system will provide a much larger conduit that drains directly to the Hillsborough River.
During construction, residents, businesses, and property owners located along active project segments will be notified of upcoming construction activities and associated impacts. Information will be provided via door-hanger notifications, mailouts and/or face-to-face, on the project website, and through the project’s mobile application CSO Tampa which is available for download on both Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play Store.
Several trees located in right-of-way areas will be removed; however, all tree removals are subject to review and approval by a certified arborist and subject to approval by the City’s Natural Resources Department or Urban Forestry Division. While trees located on private property will not be removed, crews may be required to remove limbs that protrude within or obstruct right-of-way areas. Should roots of trees located on private properties encroach right-of-way areas where work is being performed, some pruning may be required. All root pruning and tree trimming is subject to approval by the City’s Natural Resources Department or Urban Forestry Division.
Because exposed clay bricks and red bricks are protected by the City’s Historic Preservation code, those located along the project route will be reinstalled during restoration of the right-of-way. Unexposed bricks or asphaltic bricks existing along the project route are not protected and will not be reinstalled.
No, the project is not funded by a tax increase. The project is funded by the City of Tampa’s Stormwater Improvements Assessment. The Stormwater Improvement Assessment is an Annual Non-Ad Valorem assessment that pays for capital improvements associated with the stormwater system in the Central and Lower Improvement Area. The Southwest Florida Water Management District will reimburse the City of Tampa for 50% of the project costs.
Construction will take approximately 24 months.
More information on the Cypress Street Outfall Regional Stormwater Improvements Design-Build project may be obtained by visiting our project website at www.cypress-streetoutfall.com, calling the project hotline at 813-321-0809, or emailing Info@cypress-streetoutfall.com.