o- ndat on '
t oniroversial Tampa Bypass' anal edged
er to completion Saturday morning when the
,;,t pump-powered underwater concrete pour in .
'et Southeast began laying the foundation for the J ..
final canal control station,.construction officials said.
The enormous pour. slated for 30 continuous ..
.our." called for 7,300 cubic yardsof concrete p. ,
',lied by the steady stream of 90 cement trucks rum- '
')liin with their payloads to the excavation site on t'"' .
f arney Road, one quarter of a mile east of 1U,30l. '
When completed, the concrete will serve as a eals, ,' .
or treniie, to stop artesian pressure a allow the'cdn- '
struction of the final water-iontrl-'strcte' fbr:the ..' Trcks.ring in. concrete Sat'irday at tha site Qof thb target pump-powerd underwater con-
bypass. crete pour.id the Southeast '-'Tbun Photo byPHil Sheffield .
Joe Servldone, president; of Scevidbhe Coliuc- :' .. : ; : .
lion Corp., called thet project "a'big step toward th ... C6dtroversy continued whei some environmnital- .','There are all kiid. ofrquality controls. The con.
lng.-awaited c6impletion bf the bypass,. .'' ist claimed widening the Palm .River section of. te. t ,stltency of-the contents of each trilk is checked and "
Thle completion of the 13n.-mile bypass.,designel ..canal killed wildlife because the, river could no longer, ,we only use cement that's been In the trucks no more
il provide relief from high waters resulting. from filter pollutants. .', !i ." : thann 90 minutes. We also hired an outside testing ser.
: .!or floods and hurricanes by diverting writer from But despite the problems, if ll goes' as lained f6 .vice.". '
Hillsborough River Intd McKay Bay, would mean the-next 73 days, Tampa will havb a completed.flood. ot! 'ep. *. .i. :r : : te. ... A.
( .tructure has survived nearly 20 yeprs of funding' control system. ,. rank Moore, project manager tor the U.S. Army
': lhms and criticism by Hillsborough residents andt' BrunoTrimpoll, general manager for the constr-t. tCorps or Engineers, said the project was pretty
irnmentalists. .. tion compai said Saturday the pour was progress -. uniqe. one esigne r this pa
e plan originated after the county suffered $200 Iig ahead of suihedule. ... Although workers could not see the cement as It
- on damages left ii the waite of floods caused by According to Trintpoli. when construction co- settled under the water on the clay canal bed, Trim-
t' lu-inch downpour from Hurricane Donna in 1960i.( p1eted, the control structure willbe 151 teet id; 7 poll said gauges accurately indicated the uniform rise
But it's been a struggle for U.S. Army Corps of En-. feet long and 30 fet high. ',. . of the concrete fo udation.
!:,wrs and Southeast Florida Water Management. s pumps and crew members continued their nbid Trimoli described the pumping process: "The c-
. tri.rt officials to keep the plan on track., stop labor at the water-filled site, Trihpoli called the entgoes from the, truck to a hopper where it's fed
,'he plan was OK'd by Congress in 1962, but na- job "very high risk." He explained that any variltion ;into the pinmp. Thee; nd of the pumps don't touc 1
i. ,a1 e(oomic woes and presidential budget cuts in the consistency of the cement pumped Under the (water. They're always surrounded by the concrete .'
.. it an almost annual funding-lpproval struggle water could create a weak spot that could "blow out' He said it takes three -hours for the ceme )o
.l. thcials backing the project. at any time." .. '" ( ; harden. .
arges that the construction contributed to the However, Trimpoli said Servidone Construction: Servidone had his own way of describing the r 9
1'7 l Eureku springs dry-up and complaints by Bran. Corp., involved with the Tampa Bypass Capal project. ing process. ,
1 0' resi.dh ii in 1978 that the bypass caused area for the past two years..provide4 the necessary precau- "It's just like making a cup of cappuccino. Ha
r probi s also earned the project criticism. lions against such a blow-out. you seen those machines?"
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