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City of Tampa Making Major Infrastructure Upgrades in Forest Hills


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Work is underway to upgrade vital infrastructure and enhance city services for residents in the Forest Hills community. This is part of the $92 million Tampa’s Neighborhoods Design Build Project, which will bring long-awaited infrastructure improvements to four neighborhoods: East Tampa, Forest Hills, Macfarlane Park, and Virginia Park.

In Forest Hills, the City of Tampa and its partners will replace aging water and stormwater pipelines. The upgrades will bring improved water pressure, improved fire protection, and a reduction in water main breaks in the community. Improvements to stormwater infrastructure are expected to reduce ponding in the area.

Most construction is expected to take place between 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. Crews will rely on pipe bursting to replacing water mains, reducing impacts to residents and the surrounding neighborhood.

This infrastructure work in Forest Hills is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Construction on Tampa’s Neighborhood Design Build Project is set to wrap up in the Summer of 2026.

Improving aging infrastructure is one part of the Mayor’s Transforming Tampa’s Tomorrow initiative.

“Tampa residents rely on our infrastructure every day. The reality is our water and stormwater pipelines may be 80, 90, or more than 100 years old,” Mayor Jane Castor said. “The work we are doing in Forest Hills today, is only one way the city is working to improve the quality of life across our community.”

This investment in our community is possible through PIPES, Progressive Infrastructure Planning to Ensure Sustainability. The $2.9 billion funding plan will revitalize the city’s aging infrastructure, through large scale water and wastewater improvements.