Project Overview & Background
JEA is continuing in its efforts to invest in the critical pieces of our water, sewer, and electric system infrastructure. Our current project, the South Shores Force Main River Crossing, is in its final stages of design and ready to go to construction.
The purpose of this important project is to install a new sanitary sewer force main under the St. Johns River from the north bank near Everbank Field to an existing JEA sewer pump station located on the south bank on Utah Avenue. Sanitary sewer force mains are a critical piece of JEA’s sewer collection system, designed to transport high volumes of wastewater to one of our 11 wastewater treatment facilities located throughout our service territory. This newest sewer force main will provide redundancy for the existing main that is a vital piece of JEA’s sewer infrastructure.
Installation of Sewer Force Main – Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) JEA will be installing 4,200 linear feet (3/4 mile) of 42” steel casing and 36” high-density polyethylene or HDPE carrier pipe 50’ under the river bed of the St. Johns River utilizing the horizontal directional drilling (HDD) method of construction. Directional boring, or HDD is a steerable, trenchless method of installing underground pipes. HDD is often used when digging or trenching is not practical for installing pipe, such as under a water body. To view a video that provides an overview of the HDD method of construction, visit our dedicated project web page located at
Construction Areas
Beginning on February 24, 2016, contractors (The Haskell Company and Michels Corporation) working for JEA will start mobilizing the equipment and manpower required to complete the installation of the new sewer main across the river.
JEA will require two construction sites to complete the installation of this main. One construction area will be located on the north bank at the west side of Everbank Field in parking lots P and J. The contractor will also mobilize on the south bank at the existing JEA sewer pump station property (2045 Utah Avenue) located in the South Shores neighborhood of St. Nicholas. Please see the maps provided for exact locations.
Project Dates
 Anticipated Start Date: Late – February 2016
 Estimated Completion Date: September 2016
*All dates are tentative and subject to change
Project Work Hours
 Normal work hours: Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 Extended work hours (during pipe pull back) – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Project Schedule & Construction Activities
Work Activity Target Milestone*
 Mobilization / Set Up Late-Feb 2016
 Initiate Pipe Delivery Late March 2016
 Horizontal Drilling Begins Early-March 2016
 Pipe Pull Back Late May 2016
 Open Cut Piping Completion August 2016
 Substantial Completion August 2016
 Final Completion September 2016
*All dates are tentative and subject to change
Project Highlights
 The existing sewer force main was constructed by the City of Jacksonville in the early 1970’s
 Total estimated cost of this project is just over $12 million dollars
 The existing pipe currently transports over 10 million gallons of wastewater per day
 The two pipes will be able to handle up to a peak flow of 16.7 million gallons per day
 These pipes serve over 50,000 JEA sewer customers
 35 large tractor trailers will be utilized to deliver 105 “sticks” of 40’ steel pipe
 The total weight of the steel being installed is over 1,353,000 pounds
 The new pipe is expected to be in service for at least 40-50 years

Sports & Entertainment Complex Parking Areas – Temporary Closures JEA will be required to temporarily close portions of the Sports Complex parking areas at Everbank Field during construction activities. JEA’s contractor will fence and close sections of Lot P, Lot J, and Lot R intermittently from February 24, 2016 through August 4, 2016 during the various stages of construction. These closures will also include sections of Adams Street, Duval Street, E. Beaver Street and Franklin Street within the sports complex parking areas. These closures will impact the number of available parking spaces, normal parking traffic flow and pedestrian access.
SMG and our event partners will communicate to ticket buyers and patrons coming to the sports complex for each event via email, social media and other media outlets to make sure patrons are informed about any changes in the parking plan or traffic patterns. JEA is also in close coordination with the City of Jacksonville’s Sports & Entertainment Office and the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office.
Event alerts will be posted at American Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant parking will be available in every SMG managed parking lot which is available on a first come first serve basis for those with the appropriate permit. JEA will also continually update our project website ( to provide the latest information on current road closures, parking area closures and vehicular/pedestrian detour routes. Please plan ahead for possible traffic delays when attending events at the sports complex.

JEA Contact Information
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact JEA’s Project Outreach team directly at 665-7500 or email us at More detailed and updated information on this project can be found on JEA’s dedicated project web page located at
If you require immediate assistance outside of our regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) please contact our 24-hour onsite contact representative at 904-274-0801.

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