June 2019 Update
Through the end of May, North 2 Utilities Extension Project (UEP) utility contractors have installed over 1,200,000 linear feet (LF) of potable water, gravity sewer, irrigation water, and wastewater force main and replaced over 60,000 LF of storm drain piping. This equates to approximately 80 percent of the total project completed. In addition, approximately 82 lane-miles of streets have been repaved with the first 1-inch thick lift of asphalt, which equates to about 43% of the total project. Driveway reconstruction and swale restoration activities are also continuing following the completion of the first lift of paving.
Wet Season – Wet season is now upon us. During the wet season, construction activities may be interrupted by rainy weather conditions. In addition, roads that are under construction may be saturated and pond water due to heavy rainfall events. UEP contractors grade the roads on a regular basis to minimize the impacts to the public. If you should notice excessively wet on ponded conditions or have concerns related to wet road conditions in your neighborhood related to UEP construction activities, please contact the UEP at 833-CAPEUEP (833-227-3837). Also, follow these safety tips when driving through standing water:
- Try to avoid standing water if you can.
- Don't drive into flood water that’s moving or more than 4 inches deep.
- Let approaching cars pass first.
- Drive slowly and steadily so you don’t make a wave.
- Test your brakes as soon as you can afterwards.
Protected Species – Cape Coral is blessed to have a significant population of protected species and the North 2 UEP area is no exception. In particular, we have three bald eagle nests and numerous burrowing owl and gopher tortoise burrows within or adjacent to the project area. The project team is staffed with ecologists and biologists that specialize in management and protection of these important resources. Team members monitor construction progress to minimize impacts to protected species. Some minimization measures include placement of protective fencing near burrows and nests to help prevent wildlife from wandering into construction areas and marking burrows to make them visible to equipment operators, so they maintain a safe distance. In some cases, impacts cannot be avoided and take permits are obtained from state and/or federal permitting agencies. To date, 10 inactive burrowing owl burrows have been taken and 38 gopher tortoises have been captured and safely relocated to an offsite gopher tortoise recipient site.