Team Members are making steady progress on the $69M I-75/Florida Turnpike Design Build Interchange project in Wildwood, Florida. Work is about 50% complete on the 990-day contract which is scheduled for completion in March 2019. TMC partnered the design effort with AECOM who has recently completed the design portion of the project. The project is funded and managed by the Florida Turnpike Enterprise.
The primary objective of the project includes the construction of three new flyover bridges which will eliminate the dangerous traffic weaving motion that currently exists as vehicles attempt to enter and exit this highly traveled interchange. The new bridges will be supported by straddle bents, pre-stressed concrete beams with span lengths of 172 feet, and founded on steel h-pile with lengths up to 190 feet.
The challenges to date have been with the existing soft and mucky ground conditions which have proven to be highly variable, along with the high groundwater table as the project is centered in the middle of a pristine wetland. The challenge of the high water table has grown in size thanks in part to Hurricane Irma and the wet Florida rainy season.
The Team has worked diligently through these challenges as much of the muck removal has been completed. Soil improvements are under way as well with Hayward Baker installing a system of rigid inclusions to stabilize the existing soils that will support the 30 foot high MSE walls and approach embankment sections. The rigid inclusions, MSE walls and embankments will be staged throughout construction with settlement monitoring as part of the scope of work. Pile driving and substructure concrete are partially complete on the new southbound ramps to the Turnpike and on the I-75 northbound ramp to SR 44. In addition, the milling and resurfacing work has been completed along with 40% of the roadway widening.
The TMC Team Members assigned to the project include General Superintendents Don Midkiff and John Hartley, Project Superintendent Mike Smith and Roadway Superintendent Alfred Allen, Structures Superintendent Dale Garland, Structures Foreman Juan Castillo, Roadway Foremen Richard Warren and Steve Minton, Pipe Foreman James Colpitts, MOT Foreman Jason Stroud, Surveyors Tom Cooper and Jose Montalvo, Project Engineers Mike Bergeson, along with new Project Engineer Jeffrey Stuckey and returning Project Engineer Rebekka Byrnes, Field Engineers Charles Curtis and Lawrence Pastureau, Office Engineer Brad Orns, Field Office Administrator Starla Tilton, Project Manager Corey Smith and Project Executive Jim Carr.
Thanks to all team members for the many long hours each of you have put into this exciting project over the past year. Through your hard work and dedication to TMC’s Core Values, Job 2089 will be a huge success for the company and a project we can all be proud to say we built together. Keep up the great work!
Above, Team Member Starla Tilton pitches in to help repair road signs after Hurricane Irma.