WESTCHASE - A public meeting on Wednesday will inform residents what to expect during lengthy and sometimes noisy construction at the Northwest Solid Waste Transfer Station.
At the center of the $9.4 million project: construction of a metal transfer station building at the site, 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave.
"They're actually going to put a pre-engineered building over the current one, then take out the current one from the inside," said Hillsborough County public utilities spokeswoman Michelle Van Dyke. All the work will be accomplished while the transfer station remains open for business, she added.
Plans to expand the 29-year-old transfer station that receives garbage and yard waste have been in the works since at least 2005.
"It's actually been scaled back from where it was a few years ago," Van Dyke said.
The 6:30 p.m. Wednesday meeting with residents at the Westchase Recreation Center, 9791 Westchase Drive, will include representatives from the county government, the project's design firm and the project's contractor, who will take questions from the audience.
"Specifically, there's going to be some pile-driving, and that area is surrounded by homes and the Upper Tampa Bay Trail. So we want people to know what to expect during construction," Van Dyke said. Work is scheduled to begin this month and be complete by the end of next year.
Pile-driving to support the foundation of the new building will occur during the first two months of construction, said Megan Miller, a county engineer and special waste disposal program manager at the Northwest Transfer Station.
The transfer station - one of two in the county - averages 670 tons of garbage daily, collected curbside at residences and from receptacles behind offices and smaller retail businesses. The garbage is loaded into tractor-trailers and transferred to the county Resource Recovery Facility where it is burned to generate energy sold to local utilities, Miller said.
"It's not just about aesthetic improvements; they're going to be making a number of improvements that will help operations," Van Dyke said.
The project calls for enhanced access for garbage haulers, improved roadways and customer queuing, plus new flooring and new cranes to improve operations. The work also includes upgrades to the on-site stormwater system and new pump stations for water service and fire protection.
The Public Utilities Capital Improvement Fund project is intended to meet the growing demands of northwest Hillsborough residents. The site includes areas where Hillsborough County residents may dump yard waste and items too large for curbside collection.