Almost the entire length of Roebuck Road, from Military Trail nearly to Jog Road, will close for five months, starting Saturday, June 3, to allow workers to re-line the pipeline that carries all of the city’s sewage to its water treatment plant.
The closing was the most efficient way to get the work done, said Assistant City Administrator Scott Kelly. Keeping the road open would have cost more than $100 million because of the extra work involved, he said.
The project will be coordinated with one by the county, to widen Roebuck.
This is phase 2 of a project that started with relining the main from Military Trail eastward. That phase cost about $7 million, and the second phase should cost $7.1 million, Kelly said. The total is expected to be well under the initial estimate of $16 million for the entire project, he said.
The project involves constructing a bypass line so that workers can clean the inside of the old main, then line it with Fiberglas. Accessing the main to insert and secure the lining will require digging several pits down the middle of Roebuck Road.
The project was timed to take place during the off season but school bus routes to Seminole Elementary on Willow Pond Road and possibly Jeaga Middle, on Jog Road, will have to be altered, Kelly said.
Eastbound and Westbound through traffic on Roebuck Road will be detoured to Okeechobee Boulevard.