Summerlin Avenue Improvement Project - Phase I

Last updated on September 06, 2023

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The Summerlin Avenue Improvement Project is a collaborative effort between the City of Orlando and the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) to enhance our community's infrastructure. Triggered by two water main breaks in 2018, this transformative project encompasses various utility upgrades, including enhancements to OUC's potable water system and the City's sanitary sewer and stormwater systems.

Spanning from South Street to Marks Street, the project entails the installation of approximately 6,800 LF of water main, replacing outdated infrastructure dating back to 1938. This modernization effort involves the removal and replacement of existing water mains, valves, and the addition of new fire hydrants to bolster safety measures.

Furthermore, the initiative incorporates comprehensive improvements to the gravity sewer along Summerlin Avenue. This entails replacement, lining, and point repairs, accompanied by the upgrading of manholes and sewer laterals for enhanced functionality.

Beyond utility upgrades, the project includes a complete restoration of the roadway, from base course reconstruction to the reinstatement of brick pavers or asphalt paving. Pedestrian safety enhancements are a key component, with the addition of new pedestrian signals at strategic intersections along with crosswalk and curb ramp replacements to ensure ADA compliance. Additionally, the project encompasses sod replacement and tree removal, ensuring a cohesive and aesthetically pleasing streetscape.


1.26 miles on Summerlin Avenue from Marks Street to South Street.

To initiate the process, the project will be put out for bid in March of 2024.  Once the construction contract has been awarded, we anticipate construction will commence in May or June 2024. 

Project work will occur Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. There may be times when night or work on Saturdays will be necessary. Night and Saturday work will only be necessary should unforeseen circumstances or adverse weather occur.

During construction, should an emergency occur, first responders and emergency vehicles will have priority access.

Other potential impacts are:

  • The potential increase for noise during project hours.

  • The installation of temporary traffic signs and message boards.

  • Temporary road detours and road closures.

  • Temporary sidewalk detours and sidewalk closures.

  • There may be times when a driveway or entrance are briefly impacted.

  • A temporary interruption for potable water service. The interruption is necessary for pressure and quality testing.

  • The temporary installation of sanitary sewer by-pass pumps to maintain continuous sewer service.

  • The temporary installation of de-watering systems for stabilization and excavation.

Should any of the potential impacts above occur, the contractor will attempt to find feasible solutions for residents and businesses. 

The project will result in temporary traffic disruption along the route as the entire road will be closed one block at a time for construction. The road will be demolished curb-to-curb for the construction of the utilities.

During construction, there might be an occasion when certain residents will not be able to use their driveways. Before blocking any driveways, the contractor will provide residents with advance notice and recommend alternative parking spots on the street.

Work hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Solid waste, recycling, mail, and other services will continue as scheduled. Should an emergency occur, first responders and emergency vehicles will have priority access.

Unforeseen circumstances and adverse weather can create delays that increase the project's duration and create possibility for weekend and overnight work.

Potential Supply Chain Issues:

The city's Public Works Department is closely monitoring the global supply chain issue, labor shortages, and increases in the price of materials.

The competitive bid contractor and the city will strive to complete a capital improvement project on time and within budget. However, due to circumstances outside the control of both entities, there may be delays for necessary materials, potential for projects to be completed over budget, and potential delays.

We will continue to work with the community and our stakeholders to address the abovementioned issues and return normalcy to a community.

Unexpected Utility Damage (Non-City Utilities):

Please be advised, the contractor or the city cannot and will not make repairs to cable, internet, fiber lines, water or power lines.

Constituents must contact their service provider as soon as possible if this unforeseen event occurs.

The service provider will make repairs. Upon notifying the service provider, please contact the construction manager or inspector and inform them of your situation.

Where will the project take place?

The contractor will make utility improvements on Summerlin Avenue between Marks Street and South Street.

How long will the project take?

The contractor estimates the project will take 36 months to complete.

What if I have an emergency?

Should an emergency occur, first responders and emergency vehicles will have priority access.

What do I do if I experience an interruption in utility service or have a problem?

For Sanitary Sewer:
To report an unexpected sanitary sewer service outage, please contact the City of Orlando at 407.246.2213.

For Water and Power:
To report an unexpected power or water outage, please contact OUC at 407.423.9018.

How will this project impact me?

Constituents living near and around the project may experience road closures, detours, lane shifts, sidewalk closures, and sidewalk detours. There is a potential for an increase in noise during project hours.

Businesses and residents may experience temporary road closures, lane shifts, and sidewalk closures. There may be times when a driveway or parking lot will be briefly impacted. Should this occur, the city's contractor will coordinate with impacted businesses and residents to find feasible accommodations.

What are the project hours? When will work occur?

Work hours are between hours are 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Should the contractor experience adverse weather or unforeseen circumstances, night and work on Saturdays may become necessary.

I have concerns about traffic and pedestrians. 

You may also contact the city's Transportation Division to report a traffic or safety concern. Please dial 407.246.2281, and a transportation professional will assist you.

Will the city collect trash on its normal schedule?

Yes, the city will collect trash on its regular schedule. Should a missed collection occur, please dial 407.246.2314, or email


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