The Florida Department of Transportation contracted PCL to construct Phase I of the Interstate 275 (I-275) widening and improvement program in Tampa. I-275 is a major thoroughfare that traverses downtown Tampa, and is one of the busiest interstates in Florida. The project team constructed nine new bridge structures, a completely revamped drainage system with ponds, and more than 12,000 linear feet of cast-in-place concrete soundwall. This project involved more than one million cubic yards of embankment retained by more than 330,000 square feet of mechanically stabilized earth wall. Other project activities included new concrete pavement, utility relocation, and significant environmental protection measures.
The client’s goal was to complete the project ahead of schedule while minimizing impacts to the traveling public. Through the project team’s efforts to complete the project 200 days ahead of time, several innovative ideas were implemented. Exemplifying this was a plan to keep the downtown interchange ramps open by making minor design modifications to the project, alleviating congestion on I-275 during Super Bowl XLIII. PCL proposed additional modifications to southbound I-275 mainline traffic that greatly improved congestion in the southbound lanes and were completed 30 days ahead of schedule.
Major Interstate Award for Quality Construction - Florida Transportation Builders' Association
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