Box Culvert Installation to Begin on West Crest Ave.

By the end of March 2022, crews will begin installing box culvert on West Crest Avenue. When assembled, box culverts are 8 feet wide by 5 feet tall. Work will begin at the Hillsborough River and continue eastward. The current schedule anticipates crews will be working on Crest from the river to Highland for approximately 8 weeks, barring unforeseen conditions.

This will be a significant construction operation that includes:

  • Operating several pieces of heavy equipment on West Crest, including two excavators, multiple dump trucks, bulldozer, front-end loader, roller and vibratory compactors.
  • Digging a 13-foot-wide trench to install a trench box to stabilize the trench; bringing in box culvert pieces by loader; placing the box culvert into the trench.
  • Backfilling, compacting and rolling the backfill that is placed as each segment of box culvert is installed.

The operation will affect several homes at a time. Driveways will be inaccessible for 1-2 days at a time; residents will need to park on the street when homes are blocked during this operation. Residents will receive notice the day before via door hanger. Those needing reasonable accommodations as provided for in the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the project team in advance at (813) 580-5313 or at [email protected].

Work hours are 7 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Residents should expect to hear construction noise and possibly feel some vibration during box culvert installation.

This is the last piece of major infrastructure to be installed on West Crest Avenue. Once the culvert is installed, crews will install water service to homes on the south side of Crest and install curb inlets every few hundred feet. To date, crews have installed two new sewer mains, a new drinking water line and new fire hydrants on West Crest between the river and Highland.

Thank you for your continued support and patience as we work to improve Tampa’s water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

Box culvert sections staged

Sections of box culvert are staged on a nearby roadway in anticipation of construction.