This new toll road facility for the Florida Department of Transportation provides a link between Interstate 4 (I-4) and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in Tampa, Florida. Prior to this project, all fuel and cargo truck traffic heading to the Port of Tampa used local roadways through historic Ybor City when traveling from I-4. With the completion of this facility, all trucks now use the new dedicated truck lanes and toll road, thereby reducing traffic on local city streets. The project’s prominent feature is the 12 precast concrete segmental bridges made of 2,765 segments using balanced cantilever and span-by-span construction methods. The project also features 11 concrete girder bridges with more than 500,000 square feet of concrete bridge deck, and more than 1,100 drill shaft foundations varying in diameter size from 36 to 90 inches. A multistory high-speed tolling facility and an architectural gateway cross over the main roadway into Ybor City.
The client sought a construction team that could not only efficiently construct all the elements that make up the project, but was also proficient in the highly complex nature of precast concrete segmental bridge construction. One innovation that PCL used on this project was a pair of motorized erectors that progressively erected segments in a balanced cantilever from the top of the bridge. This accelerated bridge construction (ABC) methodology allowed the team to efficiently erect segments over slopes, mechanically stabilizing earth walls, railroads, and roadways, which reduced impacts to the traveling public. For the span-by-span segmental construction, PCL tapped into its wide range of equipment resources by reconfiguring equipment used on past projects to assemble this project’s overhead erection truss.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Utilization Achievement Award - Florida Transportation Builders' Association
2015 Bridge Award of Excellence - Urban Bridges - American Segmental Bridge Institute
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