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2800 S.W. 72nd Avenue
Miami,
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33155

Cocoplum Area Infrastructure Improvements

For your information, the Public Works (PW) Department is currently working on the following projects within the Cocoplum community. The City cordially invites you to learn more about these improvements, welcomes your feedback, and looks forward to answering your questions.

Please send us any question or concern via e-mail at PWDepartment@coralgables.com  or at (305)460 5000 and we will be posting any Question and Answers.

Cocoplum 1 Pump Station & Force Main

Project-Community-Meeting-Cocoplum-Information [PDF]- Updated 3/24/2020

Cocoplum Projects Staging Area [PDF] -Updated 4/29/2020

Cocoplum-March-2020 [PDF]

  • Consultant: Hazen
  • Contractor: David Mancini & Sons

Scope of Work / Limits:

The Work of the Contract comprises the upgrade of an existing pump station, Pump Station Cocoplum 1 located at 157 Isla Dorada Boulevard, including, but not necessarily limited to demolition of existing facilities, removal and replacement of existing wet well, installation of precast valve boxes, construction of an elevated generator/ electrical platform, gravity main installation, sheeting and shoring, pumping units/discharge piping; electrical and instrumentation, including a standby generator, landscaping, and site restoration. The Work of the Contract also comprises the installation of approximately 3,040 linear feet of 12-inch PVC C900 force main, including but not limited to all pipe, fittings, valves and appurtenances necessary for this new segment of force main which runs westward and north from Pump Station Cocoplum 1 along Cocoplum Road and ties into an existing 12-inch DIP force main at the traffic circle at the intersection of Old Cutler Road and Cocoplum Road. As part of the installation, one aerial canal crossing will be required. Restoration activities include the installation of sidewalk along Isla Dorada Blvd. and well as a bike path along Cocoplum Road. 

Project Status and Schedule:

  • Construction is scheduled to start on May 4, 2020
  • The project is estimated to be completed by the end of November 2020.
  • Project will be constructed in phases:
    • Force Main: 6 months (May – October 2020)
    • Pump Station: (June- November 2020)
  • Working hours will be expected between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday;  between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Saturday. 
  • All construction activities will be along the public right of way (ROW), road closures and detours are expected. Access to residents properties will remain at all times. Water and Sewer service will remain during construction all the time.
  • Weekly detail activities and progress will be posted here.
Week of Planned Activities Completed Activities Additional Comments
May 4, 2020 The contractor will be mobilizing to the site and setting-up the staging areas for storage of equipment and materials. The contractor will also be performing pre-construction activities (i.e., survey layout, geotechnical exploration) and will be performing excavations along Cocoplum Road between Los Pinos Blvd. and Vera Court and at Pump Station 1. Due to Covid-19, contractor is following the CDC’s guidelines
May 11, 2020

The contractor will continue with Construction of the Pipe By-Pass at Cocoplum Rd. bridge crossing. 

The Contractor will start trenching excavation and installation of 12-inch FM pipe between Los Pinos and Vera Ct. Weather Permitted.

Contractor to relocate Container and materials from Cocoplum Rd. circle to HOA Maintenance facilities.

Contractor to perform soft digging at PS site to locate existing utilities.

Contractor mobilized on May 4. Equipment and material were properly stored at the assigned staging areas.

Contractor started the By-Pass construction for the Force Main (FM) Piping crossing Cocoplum Rd. Bridge.

Due to Covid -19, contractor continues following CDC’s guidelines.

No other incident reported
 

 May 18, 2020 

The contractor will perform By-Pass connection with existing Force Main piping.

Contractor will start trenching excavation and installation of 12-inch FM pipe between Los Pinos and Vera Ct.

Contractor will install a temporally electrical panel and meter in preparation to pump station By-Pass 

Contractor finished the construction of the by-pass at Cocoplum Rd. bridge crossing.

By-pass was pressure tested successfully.

Contractor mobilized equipment and material, including Container to HOA Maintenance Facility.

Contractor continued performing soft excavation at Pump Station site to locate existing utilities.

Contractor, EOR and City met with AT&T and FPL to discuss relocation of conflict utilities. 
Weather conditions during this week may affect planned activities    
May 25, 2020

Contractor is scheduled to install the proposed 12-inch C900 PVC force main between Vera Court through Mira and Flores Avenue roundabout.  

As part of this week’s MOT, Cocoplum Road out bound lanes between Vera Court and the roundabout at Mira Flores Avenue will be closed to traffic.

Contractor’s MOT at the roundabout will include flagman to help resident navigate around/ through the proposed construction area. Off duty Coral Gables Police officers will be present onsite to assist with MOT compliance as required.

Contractor completed the installation of the proposed 12-inch C900 PVC force main between Los Pinos Boulevard and Vera Court. Backfill compaction density testing was conducted by Nutting Engineering along the trench line at various lifts. The testing performed confirmed that the backfill was compacted in compliance. As such, Type A paving restoration between the stationing identified above was completed on May 22, 2020.

The bridge bypass completed and tested during the week of the May 11,  2020 is now operational.

Weather conditions during this week may affect planned activities
June 1, 2020

Contractor is scheduled to install the proposed 12-inch C900 PVC force main between Vera Court through Mira and Flores Avenue roundabout.

As part of this week’s MOT, Cocoplum Road out bound lanes between Vera Court and the roundabout at Mira Flores Avenue will be closed to traffic.

Contractor’s MOT at the roundabout will include flagman to help residents navigate around/ through the proposed construction area. Off duty Coral Gables Police officers will be present as warranted to assist with MOT compliance.

Contractor work efforts related to the  installation of the proposed 12-inch C900 PVC force main were adversely impacted by the record setting rainfall that was experienced during the beginning this week. Approximately 60 LFT of 12-inch main was installed. The transition point section of piping at Vera Court were the piping switches between inbound and outbound lanes. Trench restoration has been completed along this portion of pipe.

The MOT has been revised reducing the inbound/ outbound traffic down to one lane between the bridge to Mira Flores Avenue.

Some curbing has been temporarily removed to enhance traffic diversion at the roundabout at Mira Flores Avenue and Cocoplum Road. This is intended to improve traffic flow in this area when the proposed force main piping is install around the roundabout.
Weather conditions during this week may affect planned activities
June 8, 2020

Contractor will finalize trench restoration between Vera Court and Mira Flores Avenue.

Contractor is schedule to install the proposed force main through Mira Flores Avenue roundabout to the roundabout at Isla Dorada Blvd.

As part of this week’s MOT, Cocoplum Road out bound lanes between Mira Flores Avenue and the roundabout at Isla Dorada Blvd. will be closed to traffic.

Some curbing will be temporarily removed to enhance traffic diversion at the roundabout at Isla Dorada Blvd. and Cocoplum Road. This is intended to improve traffic flow in this area when the proposed force main piping is install around the roundabout.

Contractor’s MOT at the roundabouts will include flagman to help residents navigate around/ through the proposed construction area. Off duty Coral Gables Police officers will be present as warranted to assist with MOT compliance.

Contractor work efforts related to the installation of the proposed 12-inch C900 PVC force main were slowed slightly by the week’s rainy weather.  Approximately 325 linear feet of force main was installed. The transition point section of piping at Vera Court were the piping switches between inbound and outbound lanes and the center of the roundabout at Mira Flores Avenue. Final trench restoration along this portion of pipe is ongoing.

MOT was revised reducing the inbound/ outbound traffic down to one lane between the bridge to Mira Flores Avenue.

Some curbing has been temporarily removed to enhance traffic diversion at the roundabout at Mira Flores Avenue and Cocoplum Road, which improved traffic flow in this area as the proposed force main piping was installed around the roundabout.
Weather conditions during this week may affect planned activities
June 15, 2020

Contractor is scheduled to continue the installation of the proposed force main between the Mira Flores Avenue roundabout and Isla Dorada Blvd roundabout.

As part of this week’s MOT, Cocoplum Road outbound lanes between Mira Flores Avenue and the roundabout at Isla Dorada Blvd will remain closed to traffic.

Contractor work efforts related to the installation of the proposed force main were slowed by a series of unknow and unmarked utilities in the roundabout a Mira Flores Avenue.  Approximately 150 LFT of main was installed through the roundabout at Mira Flores Avenue. Final trench restoration along this portion of pipe was completed.

Some curbing was temporarily removed to enhance traffic diversion at the roundabout at Isla Dorado Blvd. and Cocoplum Road. This is intended to improve traffic flow in this area when the proposed force main piping is install around the roundabout.
Weather conditions during this week may affect planned activities
June 22, 2020

City’s Contractor is scheduled to install the proposed 12-inch force main at the Cartagena Circle and Cocoplum Road and. The piping installation will then extend southward along Cocoplum Road into the community. In an effort to expedite the piping installation, Contractor may have two active crews this week, one at the mentioned  intersection and the other at the roundabout at Cocoplum Road and Isla Dorada Boulevard.

The existing pavers at the entrance to Cocoplum Road will need to be removed to complete the piping installation in this area. All of the pavers in the inbound visitor lane will be removed as well as several feet within the resident’s entrance lane. While the piping is being installed in this location, all inbound traffic into the community will routed through the resident’s entrance lane only. Contractor is anticipating it will take approximately three weeks to fully restore reinstate both entrance lanes to the community. It is noted as part of the restoration process that the existing paver will be reinstalled.

As part of this week’s Maintenance of Traffic (MOT), Cocoplum Road outbound lanes between Mira Flores Avenue and the roundabout at Isla Dorado Blvd will remain closed to traffic. Additionally, the visitor lane into the community will also be closed.

 Off duty Coral Gables Police officers will be present as warranted to assist with MOT compliance.

Good weather/ clear work area allowed City’s Contractor to complete the installation of the proposed 12-inch force main from the roundabout a Mira Flores Avenue to the roundabout at Isla Dorada Boulevard.  

Approximately 540 LF of 12-inch force main was installed between these locations. Final trench restoration along this portion of pipe was completed.

The revised MOT closed Cocoplum Road outbound lanes between Mira Flores Avenue and the roundabout at Isla Dorada Blvd.

Some curbing was temporarily removed to enhance traffic diversion at the roundabout at Isla Dorado Blvd. and Cocoplum Road. This is intended to improve traffic flow in this area when the proposed force main piping is install around the roundabout.

Weather conditions during this week may affect planned activities
June 29, 2020

Contractor will continue to install the proposed 12-inch C900 PVC piping from Cartagena Circle into the community.

 

As part of this week’s MOT, Cocoplum Road outbound lanes between Mira Flores Avenue and the roundabout at Isla Dorada Blvd will remain closed to traffic. As noted above, the visitor lane into the community will remain closed for the next several weeks.

 

Off duty Coral Gables Police officers will be present as warranted to assist with MOT compliance.

City’s Contractor was able to install the proposed 12-inch C900 PVC force main (FM) at the intersection of Cocoplum Road and Cartagena Circle, which involved a tie-in to the existing Pump Station E Force Main  at this location. Appropriate coordination between Contractor and the City allowed for the proper shutdowns to occur which allowed for the tie-in to completed without issue. The piping installation was slowed when an  undocumented concrete slab was encountered at Guardhouse area. Specialized concrete cutting tools were brought in to cut through the 8-9-inch concrete slab. No utilities have been encounter below the slab as of yet. It appears the concrete slab may have been installed at some point to improve paver support.

 

The existing pavers at the entrance to Cocoplum Road have been removed in the visitors lane to complete the piping installation in this area. All inbound traffic into the community is being routed through the resident’s entrance lane only. Contractor is anticipating it will take approximately three weeks to fully restore reinstate both entrance lanes to the community. It is noted as part of the restoration process that the existing paver will be reinstalled.

 

As part of this week’s MOT, Cocoplum Road outbound lanes between Mira Flores Avenue and the roundabout at Isla Dorada Blvd will remain closed to traffic. As noted above, the visitor lane into the community was closed.

Weather conditions during this week may affect planned activities.

No construction activities are scheduled on Friday July 3rd due to 4th July Holiday;

July 6, 2020

City’s Contractor will continue to install the proposed 12-inch C900 PVC piping within the visitor’s entrance lane into the community.

As part of this week’s MOT, Cocoplum Road outbound lanes between Mira Flores Avenue and the roundabout at Isla Dorada Blvd will remain closed to traffic. The visitors lane into the community will remain closed for an anticipated two more weeks.

Off duty Coral Gables Police officers will be present as warranted to assist with MOT compliance.

 

City’s Contractor was able to successfully saw cut and remove the unmarked concrete slab adjacent to the guardhouse at the entry of Cocoplum Road. The removal of the slab and shortened work week due to the 4th of July weekend limited pipe installation activities.  

The visitors entrance lane at the intersection of Cocoplum Road and Cartagena Circle continues to be closed due to the installation of the 12-inch C900 PVC force main in this area. The visitors lane will remain closed until Contractor can clear/ restore the area. It is anticipated that this will take approximately two more weeks.

As part of this week’s MOT, Cocoplum Road outbound lanes between Mira Flores Avenue and the roundabout at Isla Dorada Blvd will remain closed to traffic. As noted above, the visitor lane into the community will remain closed.
Weather conditions during this week may affect planned activities

Questions (Received by 4/3/2020) Answers
There are not sufficient details on the Bike path on Cocoplum Road for anyone to evaluate/comment on. Will there be more details in future? I am specifically interested in how the design will prevent automobiles to ride the demarcation line for the bike path as they do know. In the past, I have sent you pictures of skid marks on the bike lane line itself and there are way too many vehicles that ignore the line and ride over it regularly.

Bicycle lane details were included on page 8 of the presentation uploaded to the web at the following presentation link [PDF] 

Designed dimensions for the roadway are as follows:

  • Vehicle Travel Lane: 11 FT
  • Buffer: 4 FT
  • Bicycle & Pedestrians Lane: 9 FT
Based on the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) design recommendations, eleven-foot (11 FT) travel lane for roadways with a divided section and design speed of 45 mph or less (e.g. Cocoplum Rd.), is adequate; and even have some advantages over wider lanes. Furthermore, the FDOT also recommends a 7 FT minimum buffered bicycle lane. Several bicycle lane options were reviewed at workshops with the Cocoplum communities.
If Isla Dorada Blvd. is getting a sidewalk, why is not there a plan for a sidewalk/bike lane combo on Cocoplum Road?? The amount of pedestrian traffic on Cocoplum Road is many times that of Isla Dorada Boulevard[like 10 to 1]!! I have also previously sent the City information about commercially available bike delineator that prevent automobiles from crossing over while they are low enough for fire trucks to drive over should it be needed. If we are not going to get a sidewalk for Cocoplum Road, we should at the very least get a delineator for the bike/pedestrian pass that does not allow automobiles to ride over it as they do a painted white line[current delineator which is ineffective]!! The proposed typical section, which includes the roadway and bicycle lane, was developed after multiple discussions and input from the community and meets all applicable standards.
Since you will be redoing the pavement on Cocoplum Road, would it be possible to consider including speed bumps on both the in and out side?? Speeding has cut down since the Stop signs at Prado Blvd intersection but we still get speeding in between. A speed bump on both sides between Los Pinos Blvd and Prado Blvd as well as between Prado and the entrance/exit gates at Cocoplum Circle. Traffic Calming is not part of this project but the City will have community meetings this summer to discuss the possibility.
I did not find the Pump Station 1 project (Along Cocoplum Road) schedule and details.

Information uploaded and available at the following presentation link [PDF] 

Pump Station D

PS-D-and-Coco-3-Presentation-March-2020 [PDF]

  • Consultant: 300 Engineering

Scope of work / Limits:

Pump Station D is located at 7557 Los Pinos Blvd. The project involves the upgrades of the pump station into a more compact submersible configuration, which includes installation of a new wet-well, valve vault, control panel, pumps and associated pipeline. The existing pump station building will be demolished, and the site will be restored with grassed areas. The control panel will be elevated to comply with base flood elevation and sea level rise criteria and a new perimetral hedge will be installed to protect the site. Modifications to the sanitary sewer pipeline coming to the station will be necessary to direct the flow to the new wet well. Additionally, the City will pursue an Envision award for this project.

Project Status and Schedule:

  • Design 100% completed. No additional questions/comments received by 04/03/2020
  • The project is estimated to be completed by the end of June 2021.
  • Permitting, Procurement and Construction are estimated to last 12 months, as follows:
    • Permitting: In progress, 10%, permitting phase is estimated to be completed by August, 2020. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, delay may be expected during permitting process in other agencies.
    • Procurement: 3 months (October – December, 2020)
    • Construction: 6 months (January  – June 2021)

Cocoplum 3 Pump Station & Force Main

  • Consultant: 300 Engineering

Scope of work / Limits:

Pump Station Cocoplum 3 is located at 200 Galeon Ct. The project involves the replacement of the existing pumps, control panel and extending the discharge force main to connect it to the new discharge force main from Pump Station Cocoplum 1, which will run along Cocoplum Rd. The discharge force main from Pump Station Cocoplum 3 will be extended along Prado Blvd, from West of the canal crossing to the intersection with Cocoplum Rd, approximately 200 feet. This modification will eliminate re-pumping of the flows generated at the Cocoplum 3 basin, as they will be pumped directly into the City’s manifolded system.

Project Status and Schedule:

The project is currently at 30% design. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of June 2021. 

Design, Permitting, Procurement and Construction are estimated to last 14 months, as follows:

  • Design: In progress, 10%. The design phase is estimated to be completed by the end of June, 2020
  • Permitting: 3 months (July – September, 2020)
  • Procurement: 3 months (October – December, 2020)
  • Construction: 6 months (January – June, 2021)

Cocoplum Bridges No. 875307 & 875309 Rehabilitation: (Completed)

  • Contractor: P&P Contracting Inc.

Scope of Work / Limits:

Work followed recommendations from Bridge Inspection Reports performed by the Florida Department of Transportation (“FDOT”) on these bridges. These repairs included the following: Expansion Joint Repairs, Cleaning and Sealing of Cracks, Cleaning of Efflorescence and Sealing Joints, and Bridge Painting

Project Schedule:  Work has been completed

Isla Dorada Bridge No. 875303 Rehabilitation:  (Completed)

  • Contractor: P&P Contracting Inc.

Scope of Work / Limits:

Work followed recommendations from a Bridge Inspection Report performed by the Florida Department of Transportation (“FDOT”) on this bridge. These repairs included the following: Expansion Joint Repairs, Cleaning and Sealing of Random Cracks, Cleaning of Efflorescence and Sealing Joints, Bridge Painting, New Pavement Striping, Miscellaneous Concrete Repairs.

Project Schedule: Work has been completed