Ortega Point utility project taking shape

Heart Utilities of Jax crews were hard at work April 29, installing historic-style “acorn” street lights as part of a neighborhood-driven project to underground utilities in Ortega Point North. The subcontractor for the JEA is making progress in phases, as work to install new electric conduit, transformers, cables and manholes continues. Construction crews have remained on the job through the coronavirus pandemic,  making significant progress on the project. AT&T and Comcast will also be doing similar work to convert their utilities from overhead to underground. The lights will be installed throughout Ortega Point and will match similar lights on parts of Ortega Blvd.

Neighborhood residents organized and signed a petition, approved by the City Council June 25 of last year, and work began with a soft start in January after the holidays. The project is expected to finish in December, and crews will be on streets between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. most weekdays until then. The majority of the work will take place along McGirts Boulevard, Ortega Boulevard, Grand Avenue, Bettes Circle and Ionic Avenue, according to JEA. Construction activities will occur in the City of Jacksonville’s right-of-way and easements.

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