Monday, March 08, 2021

City begins upgrade of 13 lift stations to improve resiliency. Road closures to be expected throughout the project. (CoSA press release)

Thanks to heroic former Mayor Nancy Shaver and current staff and Commissioners for elevating the level of public debate on ocean level rise.

 Her leadership  has now led to St. Augustine elevating its lift stations.

City of St. Augustine press release:

March 3, 2021

City begins upgrade of 13 lift stations to improve resiliency

Road closures to be expected throughout the project

On Tuesday, March 2, the City of St. Augustine began a months-long lift station rehabilitation and resiliency construction project on Charlotte Street.  The project will include a total of 13 lift stations throughout St. Augustine.  

Lift Station 23 (LS-23), located on the east side of the Plaza de la Constitución downtown, requires Charlotte Street to be closed between King St. and Cathedral Plaza, 24 hours a day, for the duration of the project, currently estimated to be five months.  A second downtown lift station, LS-24, is located at the intersection of Avenida Menendez and St. Francis Street, at the seawall on the bayfront.  Work on LS-24 has not been scheduled at this time.

Additional locations for the rehabilitation project are:

·         LS-4, LS-5, and LS-6: Southbound US1, near the intersections with Garnett Avenue (LS-4) in the north, Hope Street (LS-5) in the center, and Orange Street (LS-6) in the south.

·         LS-7: east end of Helen Street.

·         LS-10, LS-11, and LS-12: along Riberia Street, at the Police Station parking lot (LS-12), at Bridge Street (LS-10), and at South Street (LS-11).

·         LS-21: east end of Ocean Avenue, north of Mission de Nombre de Dios.    

·         LS-22: east end of Joiner Street. 

·         LS-50 and LS-52: on Anastasia Island.  LS-50 is at the intersection of Arredondo, Minorca, and Montano Avenues.  LS-52 on Coquina Avenue between Arricola Avenue and S. Matanzas Boulevard. 

In addition to the 13 lift stations listed, the City is constructing a new wastewater force main that runs beneath Arricola Avenue between Arredondo Avenue and Coquina Avenue. 

In total, the city’s wastewater collection system is comprised of 94 lift stations and over 60 miles of force mains.  As one of the city’s Capital Improvement Projects, this will contribute overall to the improvement of the wastewater collection system, the city’s resiliency, and its ability to withstand flooding and storm surge.

For questions about this project, please contact Stephen Slaughter, P.E., Engineering Manager, in the Public Works Department at 904.825.1040.  Further information and details can be found online at

Media inquiries may be directed to Melissa Wissel, Communications Director, via phone at 904.293.3307 or via email

In 2015, Mayor Nancy Shaver welcomed Spanish King Felipe VI baptised as Felipe Juan Pablo Alfonso de Todos los Santos de Borbón y de Grecia, who like this blogger, earned a degree from Edmund A. Walsh, S.J. School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.).

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