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.
Destin Executive Airport may consist of a single runway, but don’t let that fool you. The airport averages 175 operations a day, with a diverse fleet mix including jets, trainers and private aviators. Nicknamed “Gateway to the Emerald Coast”, Destin’s airport supports a number of thriving resort communities, lined by some of the South’s most beautiful beaches. The airport also lies just five miles southeast of Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport and Eglin Air Force Base – one of the busiest bases in the country. This has given rise to emerging needs to accommodate the influx of tourists and snowbirds.
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.
Completed in 2016, the Veterans Memorial Bridge project in Martin County, Fla., earned the Transportation National Award of Excellence given by Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). RS&H served as engineer with design-builder Archer Western. Now, the project continues to make headlines.