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Davis Islands Civic Association
Davis Islands Civic Association4 weeks ago
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From: Denham, Alan A.
Sent: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:25 PM
Subject: TGH Project Update

Good afternoon, As an update on this project, Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas contractors have begun to mobilize over the past couple of weeks and residents will have noticed construction activity along Davis Bl. and in the project area on the mainland. Tomorrow (July 25th), contractors will begin implementing the work zone on Davis Bl. and lane closures will begin. Advanced message boards have been in place for the past couple of weeks and additional signage will be set-up to guide drivers safely through the work zone.

In addition to the letters and map that we mailed previously, we are providing the attached FAQ’s to address additional questions that we have heard about the project. Please share this information with members of your organization through your communications channels as you see fit. These are also on our project websites at Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas.

We will continue to provide updates as the project progresses.

Regards, Alan

Alan Denham
Regional Manager
Local Government, Community Relations
and Economic Development


Tampa General Hospital Storm-Hardening Project
Frequently Asked Questions
July 24, 2019

FAQ

Q. What is all the construction on and near Davis Islands about?�A. Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas are moving some of our electric lines and our natural gas line off the Plant Avenue bridge and relocating them beneath the channel. This is significant undertaking, and the project will take several months.

Q. Why are you doing this?
A. This is a storm-hardening project that will help protect a “critical facility” in our community after severe weather. Tampa General Hospital is the region’s only Level 1 trauma center. We are relocating its electric and natural gas service to ensure TGH will be able to provide care during and after a hurricane or other natural disaster.

This is similar to storm-hardening work we have done in recent years to benefit the Port of Tampa, Tampa International Airport, Tampa’s Tippin water treatment plant and St. Joseph’s Hospital. In each case, we have replaced or upgraded our equipment to better withstand the impacts of high wind or storm surge, to reduce the chances of power outages at these critical facilities.

Q. How much will it cost? Who’s paying for it?
A. Tampa General Hospital has made significant investments in storm-hardening improvements at the hospital, and Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas are investing between $5 million and $10 million total for our work.

Q. What will you do if there’s a hurricane during construction?
A. In the event of an approaching hurricane, we would ensure residents can safely evacuate Davis Islands. We would secure the work zone and safely store all equipment until the storm passes.

Q. What will happen to the park when you’re done?
A. After construction is complete, we will restore the park to its original condition. We will work with community members on landscape design.

Q. How long will this project take?�A. The project begins in July 2019 and is expected to be complete by May 2020. The work that will involve the most traffic disruption along Davis Boulevard will be complete in late October. .

Q. Will this improve reliability for Davis Islands residents?
A. The goal of this project is to improve the resilience of Tampa General Hospital, which will benefit the entire community. It will not affect the day-to-day electric reliability for Davis Islands residents. If a Davis Island resident is having reliability issues with electric or gas service, we are happy to address those separately.

Q. Why can’t you put the other power lines under the channel at the same time?
A. Relocating the electric circuits beneath the channel is expected to cost between $5 million and $8 million. Those costs would nearly double if we were to include the additional electric circuits to feed Davis Islands residents. It is important to remember that the goal of this project is to improve the resilience of Tampa General Hospital, which will benefit the entire community. This is similar to the storm-hardening work we have done in recent years to benefit the Port of Tampa, Tampa International Airport, Tampa’s Tippin water treatment plant and St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Q. What is the plan to restore power to the residents if the circuits that serve the community are damaged in a storm?
A. If existing cables serving the island are damaged, Tampa Electric would restore electric service to residents and businesses as part of our overall storm restoration plan.

Q. Isn’t there a new law that allows utilities to install power lines underground? Can’t this be considered under that new law?
A. The new law is still in its infancy, and regulators and legislators are in the process of developing the rules and processes to use. In the future, Tampa Electric will consider which power lines have the most exposure to outages from severe weather, and which might benefit from changes such as installing lines underground.

Q. Where are the work areas?�A. There are two work areas for this project. The work zone on Davis Boulevard will be used to assemble pipe that will be used for electric and gas lines under the channel. On the mainland, drilling equipment has been set up in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church. Nearby residents and businesses should expect construction-related noise.

Q. Will this project impact traffic?�A. Traffic will be impacted on Davis Islands and on the mainland near the project area as follows:
Davis Islands – electronic message boards and traffic signs will be in place to guide drivers
The construction work zone will use the center two lanes of Davis Boulevard to set up and assemble pipe from the bridge to Arbor Place.
Traffic along Davis Boulevard will be restricted to one southbound lane (on to the island) and two northbound lanes (off the island) from late July through October.
The work area will be shortened in late September through late October.
The shorter work area will be set up again for one week in late December.
During this time, left turns onto Davis Boulevard from some streets will be prohibited.

Mainland
The work area was set up in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church the week of July 8th.
A portion of one lane of West De Leon Street (near South Plant Avenue) will be closed for about six weeks beginning in late October.
Additional work with take place in the right of way to connect the electric and gas lines.

Q. How can I get more information about this project?�A. Additional information and a project map can be found online at tampaelectric.com/projects and peoplesgas.com/systemupgrade. You also can leave a message for the project team by calling 813-630-5231.
Davis Islands Civic Association
Davis Islands Civic Association1 month ago
July 30th, 2019 Feel free to attend....6pm-8pm.

See details - below City of Tampa letter.

Contact for any questions and concerns:
Miray Ross Holmes
Manager, Neighborhood Engagement & Mayor’s Neighborhood University
City of Tampa / 306 East Jackson Street / Tampa, FL 33602
p: (813) 274-7574 / c: (813) 410-4472 / e: miray.holmes@tampagov.net
Visit us on the web at tampgov.net/neighborhoods
Davis Islands Civic Association
Davis Islands Civic Association1 month ago
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Davis Islands Civic Association
Davis Islands Civic Association1 month ago
July 8, 2019

Re: Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas to install services under channel to ensure reliability for hospital

Dear TECO Customers:

Tampa Electric and TECO Peoples Gas are committed to providing safe, reliable, cost-effective electricity and natural gas to you and your Hyde Park Spanishtown Creek neighbors. And Tampa General Hospital is committed to providing world-class health care to this community, as well as to Tampa Bay and beyond.

To ensure that electric and natural gas service to Tampa General remains reliable after a significant storm, Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas are planning some changes this year. Currently, electric and gas service is provided along the Plant Avenue bridge. Electric and gas lines will be removed from the bridge and will be installed beneath the channel using directional-drilling techniques.

We apologize in advance for the inconvenience. This is a large undertaking, and construction will take several months. The project will include heavy construction equipment in your neighborhood:

The work area will be set up in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church. Nearby residents and businesses should expect construction-related noise. (Please see enclosed map)
During most of the project, crews will work during daylight hours six days a week.
On three separate days, work will occur around the clock for 24 hours to install the lines beneath the channel.
A portion of one lane of West De Leon Street (near South Plant Avenue) will be closed for about six weeks beginning in July, to accommodate heavy equipment. This will temporarily affect parking and traffic patterns at the Tampa General Medical Group building, 409 Bayshore Blvd.

Construction will begin in mid- to late July and will continue intermittently through the spring of 2020. We urge everyone to drive with caution during construction for the safety of other drivers, vehicles and our crews. As the project progresses, we will provide updated information.

TECO and Tampa General are working closely with the city of Tampa to minimize traffic disruption as much as possible.

We regret the inconvenience that this will cause our neighbors. Please understand that this project will ensure that Tampa General, the region’s only Level 1 trauma center, will be able to provide the highest level of care without interruption, even after a hurricane or other natural disaster.

Thank you for your patience during this important project. If you would like to learn more about the natural gas and electric lines being installed under the channel, please visit us online at tampaelectric.com/projects, or leave a message at (813) 630-5231.



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