Drainage work starting in Sunset Harbour, will last six months

Flooding on 20th Street inSunset Harbour.

Flooding on 20th Street in Sunset Harbour.

We all know that Sunset Harbour floods with almost every rain and full moon-high tide combination. It’s no secret our neighboring hotspot needs improved drainage.

So this is good news, sort of. Starting this week, work begins on a drainage improvement project in Sunset Harbour.

But traffic is likely to go from bad to worse during the Sunset Harbour flooding work  construction phase. The area of impact includes almost the entire neighborhood, and construction is supposed to last (gulp!) six months.

The stretch on 20th Street in front of the Pubbelly restaurants, Publix and JugoFresh/Footworks is already a mess because of backups from the Alton Road work. Expect it to get worse.

According to the city, all existing pump stations in the area will be upgraded:

–There will be construction at the corner of Purdy Avenue and Dade Boulevard/17th Street to replace existing pumps and hardware (and yes, it appears the city had already been working on this).

–Existing pumps and equipment also will be replaced at Sunset Harbour Marina across from the Sardinia/PB Steak corner at 18th and Purdy.

–All along 20th Street, construction crews will replace a pumping station and add new drainage wells. In addition, a new sewer system will be constructed and connected.

Lane closures will happen between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, in phases.

Brace yourself — and remember the flooding in Belle Isle that finally got fixed after years of construction. In end, it was worth it.

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