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Jun 23

Michigan Avenue Force Main Extension

Posted on June 23, 2020 at 4:57 PM by Rachel Horst

Heavy equipment working on side of road, City of Cocoa utilities worker working on valve in hole

The Michigan Avenue Force Main and Reuse Main Extension Project is underway and close to completion, which will improve sewer and reclaimed water service in Cocoa. The Utilities Department identified the existing force main along U.S. Highway 1 as a possible point of failure within Cocoa's wastewater collection system. A force main is a pressurized sewer pipe that conveys wastewater in situations where gravity sewage flow is not possible. Pumps push the sewage through the force main from lower to higher elevations. The most cost-effective improvement was to extend the force main from U.S. Highway 1 to Clearlake Road, creating a circular flow path. During the design phase, engineers determined that Cocoa could save some money on a much need reclaimed water line extension by including it into the same project.

This project consists of installing 3,000 feet of 10-inch PVC force main from U.S. Highway 1 to Clearlake Road along Michigan Ave. The project also includes installing 123 feet of 4-Inch PVC, 1,310 feet of 6-Inch PVC, and 210 feet of 12-Inch Ductile Iron Pipe (DIP) to extend the reuse main from U.S. Highway 1 to Clearlake Road. The budget for the project is $1,083,000. It's
expected to be substantially complete by the end of June 2020.