When the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) set out to update the I-10/I-95 interchange and surrounding 3-mile stretch, the motorists scattering in all directions through a series of ramps weren’t the only stakeholders to keep in mind. The residents from the urban corridor around the project needed top-of-mind attention, too.
As it is for most drivers on the road, for most transportation projects, time is of the essence.
Last month, we discussed how some states have been successful using Public-Private Partnerships (P3) as a tool to deliver transportation projects. South Florida’s Interstate 595 P3 project is one such project, finishing years ahead of schedule and achieving superior results for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) because of this alternative solution.
State officials believe that Florida will welcome 6 million new residents in the next 15 to 20 years. How big of an impact is that?
“When I was born, here in Florida, there weren’t 6 million people in the entire state,” RS&H Executive Vice President Joe Debs told a room full of state politicians last week. “The impact that this influx will have on our state is going to be significant.”
Debs joined a panel of transportation experts to discuss how the state’s roads and infrastructure must keep pace with growth and technology at the First Coast Delegation Summit held at Jacksonville University. Experts in the transportation, healthcare and education fields briefed Northeast Florida state representatives, senators and officials on trends and obstacles each industry faces in the Sunshine State.
The Pensacola Bay Bridge, which runs three miles between Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, Florida, has become an iconic structure since its opening in 1960. A critical link to US 98, the bridge provides vacationers with access to popular beaches, has recreational park facilities at both ends, and is visible for miles from surrounding locations.