CPWG Designed Aesthetic Improvements to Gulf Boulevard
Undergrounding Electrical and Cable Wires
Replacing Old Lights with Mongoose Light Fixtures
Replacing Wood Poles with Concrete Poles
Landscaping the New Safety Medians
CPWG Local Agency Program (LAP) Project Coordination
Full Mill and Resurface of Roadway
Obtain Easements for Transformers and Switchboxes
Facilitate the Conversion to Underground Utilities
Public Involvement Regarding Lighting Enhancement
CPWG project Management Team Coordinated
CPWG Plans Covered Reconstruction or Replacement of
Curb and Gutter
Gulf Boulevard Utility Undergrounding
Indian Rocks Beach, FL
CPWG Engineering assisted the City of Indian Rocks Beach to design underground utilities alongside Gulf Boulevard. The project’s goal was to place above-ground utilities underground and to replace light poles along Gulf Boulevard (Whitehurst Ave to 6th Ave), Walsingham Road from Gulf Boulevard to 100’ east of East Gulf Boulevard and from 6th Avenue to just north of Beach Trail.
The CPWG Utilities team divided their main tasks into two categories; design and coordination. The initial goal was to design detailed construction plans that incorporated CAD drawings showing equipment location within local easements. When this task was finished the focus shifted to performing the coordination required to complete the project. The team coordinated with City representatives to work with property owners to obtain easements and keep the public informed. They coordinated with utility companies to facilitate the conversion to underground utilities including lighting, permit utilities within FDOT right-of-way (one permit per utility). Our team also met with FDOT and Indian Rocks Beach staff to facilitate plans production.
Phase 1 of the undergrounding included the following:
- Gulf Blvd – Undergrounding of Duke, Verizon and BrightHouse
- Lighting design and coordination with Duke to ensure CPWG lighting design was included with the Duke Permitted Plans
CPWG support to the project included the following:
- Design layout of equipment on properties to obtain easements
- Coordination with utility companies
- Subsurface Utility Excavation (SUE) locations
- Undergrounding design coordination and plans creation for duke / Verizon / BHN
- Coordination with FDOT and City of Indian Rocks Beach
- Field review to connect electric, phone, cable at homes/buildings
- Utility undergrounding construction administration
CPWG’s Utilities team assisted the Indian Rocks Beach planning staff by discussing construction and bidding options with the companies involved. This resulted in obtaining a binding cost estimate for the undergrounding of their respective utilities. They also worked with the utility companies to develop a location plan for the desired easements. Meetings were held with Duke to coordinate to change the existing lighting on the west side of Gulf Blvd with new lighting on the west side. The lighting analysis was coordinated with FDOT for approval and the lighting design was assimilated into the overall underground design.
To obtain easements and address citizen concerns the city representative held individual meetings with the affected property owners. The CPWG team met with residents when requested by the city representative. They also supported meetings with the public by providing design layout of the equipment and easement layout. These discussions with the public contributed to the success of the utility undergrounding project
CPWG used SUE services at necessary locations to obtain critical underground information for placement of underground infrastructure and to make directional bores across Gulf Boulevard. FDOT required CPWG to provide cross sections of the underground and show the exact path and clearances necessary to install infrastructure within the FDOT Right-of-Way. This work required the removal and replacement of sidewalk panels.