95 Express Lanes

RS&H served as a significant subconsultant on the Hubbard Construction/Metric Engineering design-build team to complete the final phase of the 95 Express lanes through Miami-Dade County, as well as the first phase through Broward County. The project extends from north of the Golden Glades interchange to south of the Broward Boulevard Park & Ride and the Ives Dairy Road interchange from NE 16th Avenue to east of Highland Lakes Boulevard.

RS&H worked closely with the design-build team to develop an innovative and cost-effective design that led to a bid of $25 million under the programmed budget, allowing the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to supplement the contract with upgraded bridge improvements at seven existing bridge structures. These bridges were widened to address shoulder restrictions and enhance public safety. RS&H provided a detailed finite element model analysis of two of the existing structures to verify that the bridges were suitable for widening. RS&H also performed significant field measurements because record as-built plans were not readily available.

After the project was awarded with the amended scope, the team provided an accelerated schedule that allowed for 60 percent plan submittals with changes within 60 days of award. RS&H was responsible for developing a permitting strategy that would address this revised schedule yet obtain approval of the requested changes without delay. RS&H’s structural analysis and proposed permitting activities saved valuable time and reduced construction costs. The resulting bridge widening simplified the staging of construction, maintenance of traffic, and reduced impacts to sensitive environmental areas and secondary roads.

Project Information

Location:
Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, Florida

Owner:
Florida Department of Transportation

Client:
Hubbard Construction/Metric Engineering, Inc.

Delivery Method:
Design-Build

Construction Value:
$114 million