PLANTATION KEY -- Closures on portions of the Old Highway going through Plantation Key will begin April 15 as work crews lay the vacuum sewer line for properties in the median between that road and the Overseas Highway.
The work, which is expected to last until mid-May, will cover a 1-mile stretch of the Old Highway between mile markers 89.1 and 88.1. Closures, however, will only occur in areas where trenching is occurring on a given day and will apply to through-traffic only, not local traffic, said village Wastewater Program Manager Greg Tindle. They'll end once work crews shut down for the night.
"They'll typically cover 400 to 600 feet during work time," Tindle said of the closures.
The work is part of the $91 million sewer project being constructed by Layne, which operates locally as Reynolds Waters Islamorada. Tindle spoke for the construction team because Layne officials are under instruction from the village to defer media inquiries.
Layne's work along the Old Highway begins as the contractor is nearing final completion on a long-awaited fix of the Plantation Key Colony wastewater system, which has required heavy maintenance to operate since it first began operating in the summer of 2006.
"Everything should be hooked up in a couple weeks," Tindle said.
The failures of the system, including a spate of backups into homes during its first six months, led to nearly six years of litigation between the village, the system contractor WPC Industrial, its engineer W.F. McCain and various subcontractors The village received a $1.075 million settlement in the deal that concluded the suits a year ago.
The fix of the system also cost $1.075 million, Tindle said, and was undertaken from Nov. 14 through March 20.
Workers installed larger circumference collection pipes in some portions of Plantation Key Colony to help with flow and replaced faulty vacuum pits. Layne, with oversight from the village and its engineering watchdogs Wade Trim and Weiler, also successfully tested the new line for debris and leaks, Tindle said. The last impediment to operating the fixed Plantation Key Colony system is a permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection, which the village expects this week.
In other sewer construction fronts, Layne was expected to wrap up pipeline work near mile marker 100 in Key Largo on Tuesday night. The contractor is slated to continue to with installation of the pipeline that will connect the village to the mile marker 100.5 plant in Key Largo on April 15 with work at mile markers 99 and 96 on the Overseas Highway.
The mile marker 99 work will move southward to mile marker 96, with a scheduled completion time of October. Mile marker 96 workers will lay the pipeline southward to mile marker 93. Conclusion of that section is targeted for July.