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Port of Miami Tunnel Feasibility Study

As part of the Owner’s Representative team, RS&H provided documentation and analysis necessary to confirm the need for constructing the Port of Miami Tunnel and related access improvements in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The study area extended from the western terminus of the MacArthur Causeway Bridge to the Port of Miami on Dodge Island.

The objective was to develop a cost-effective program to link the Port of Miami with the Interstate system, thereby improving the passenger and cargo movement to and from the port, alleviating traffic congestion and pollution in the Miami Central Business District, and facilitating the growth of the port while fostering positive socioeconomic impacts on the region. The study satisfied the requirements of the Federal Highway Administration, which qualified the project’s construction for federal funding.

We assisted in the preparation of the design-build criteria package for the selection of a concessionaire to design-build-finance-operate and maintain the tunnel as part of a public-private partnership. Our team was also involved in the presentation of the project to elected officials and stakeholders.

Related Services:  Public-Private Partnerships

Blount Island Marine Terminal

RS&H is providing Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI) Services for multiple JaxPort projects including this Crane Rail Re-Grout and Warf Rehabilitation/Upgrades.  

The Crane Rail ReGrout Project included resetting of the existing crane rail, installation of continuous sole plates, and leveling grout for the landside crane rail that supports the gantry cranes. Construction also included removal of the existing crane rail paying particular attention to the existing structural components of the pier, installation of anchor bolts with a two part epoxy resin, installation of crane rail sole plates, and construction of the crane rail itself. The verification of QC tests included torque testing of the anchor bolts and rail clips, production of grout cubes, and verification of rail alignment and elevations. 

The Wharf Rehabilitation and Upgrades of the existing marginal cargo wharf is designed in six phases with a total length of 5,400 ft. The project consists of the demolition and reconstruction of on-wharf structures, to include the pile cap, ballasted deck, ballast, base, paving, drainage, railroad track and associated hardware. The project also includes construction of container and cargo crane tie-downs and stowage pins, and installation of new or restoration of existing crane auxiliary power and crane rails. Additional items include removal and replacement of existing wharf fenders, completion of cap and prestressed concrete, precast piling repairs, completion of steel sheet pile bulkhead repairs, and installation and testing of sacrificial cathodic protection. RS&H verified the contractors QC Plan tracked all installed quantities, and ensured all repairs were completed and documented. Blount Island Marine Terminal remained operational during the entire project with only the repaired wharf section being an active work zone. Particular attention was given to the various shipping tenants as to not interrupt their schedules.

Inspection and quality assurance services provided included:

  • Inspection of erosion control plan implementation and maintenance
  • Inspection of maintenance of traffic plan and implementation
  • Inspection of earthwork for construction
  • Inspection of removal and replacement of concrete
  • Inspection of removal and replacement of asphalt
  • Inspection of reinforcing steel placement
  • Inspection of epoxy-coating and bituminous coating
  • Inspection of crane rail assembly removal, leveling, and grouting
  • Inspection of continuous sole plates, jacking lugs, and anchor bolt installation
  • Inspection of 175# crane rail installation
  • Inspection of rail joint splice welding
  • Coordination with existing port operations

Related Services:  Construction Management

Land Use Visioning Plan and Proposal Development

RS&H supported the Canaveral Port Authority with developing an unsolicited Enhanced Use Lease proposal for real estate access on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. In developing this proposal, RS&H served as engineering consultant, providing strategic visioning for the concept, in-depth analysis of the facilities requirements, and document development support. RS&H also acted as a liaison with the 45th Space Wing Air Force staff, Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Lackland Air Force Station staff, and other potential stakeholders.

RS&H provided strategic visioning to the Port to develop the concept for lease of the Air Force parcels. Team members faced the challenge of coordinating with multiple Department of Defense agencies and stakeholders, developing a comprehensive strategy for garnering support, and producing internal and external marketing materials to articulate benefits to stakeholders. RS&H took rudimentary concept sketches and developed clear, easy to understand 3D images to help refine the concept and provide enough detail to move the project forward.

The strategic visioning aspect helped the Port refine the concept for the proposal and develop a comprehensive plan for the future. Our unique understanding of the Department of Defense lease process and ability to develop 3D visioning documents helped the Port refine the concept and then properly craft the message to the Air Force.

Port leadership complimented RS&H on a first-class effort and great work product, and Air Force staff noted that the resulting proposal was comprehensive and well-constructed.

Nassau County Ocean Highway and Port Authority

While serving as the general engineering consultant (GEC) for the Nassau County Ocean Highway and Port Authority since 1999, RS&H completed a wide range of projects primarily at the Port of Fernandina. Services included master planning, preliminary planning, cost estimating, preparation of design documents, construction management, and special studies, such as the corrosion evaluation of existing structures.

As a GEC, we also introduced new technology to the Port, including weigh-in-motion (WIM) scale systems, which resulted in construction cost savings and increased operational efficiencies. Our design team also worked with the Port to keep projects within budget using construction phasing and other innovative design and delivery methods.

Related Services: Program Management

JAXPORT General Consultant

As a general consultant to the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), RS&H provides a broad range of services from transportation engineering and planning to facility design and program management.

Coordination of the port’s transportation plans has become increasingly important as the port moves forward with its expansion to develop two major container shipping terminals estimated to handle 2.2 million container loads and generate 8,500 weekday trucks by year 2020.  RS&H provided transportation planning and community outreach/public involvement services to develop a coordinated, holistic plan that would address these impacts, specifically involving access to and from JAXPORT’s north marine terminals.

Under the three-year general consultant contract, RS&H has also completed services for rest room improvements, replacement of the Talleyrand Marine Terminal electrical switchgear, the Blount Island pavement study and parking garage sitting report, coordination of the Dames Point Marine Terminal transportation plan, facilities assessments, and a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for the Dames Point Marine Terminal.

Related Services: Program Management

Northeast Florida Freight Mobility Study

Jacksonville is a major gateway for highway freight with nearly all of Florida’s rail freight entering and leaving through the region.  To integrate freight planning into the region’s Long-Range Transportation Planning process, the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) partnered with RS&H to conduct a Freight Mobility Study.  The study was completed in two phases and recognizes the strategic importance of intermodal freight transportation to the Northeast Florida economy.

In the first phase of the study, RS&H identified freight generators, shippers, and stakeholders and mapped the location of the region’s freight facilities using geographic information systems (GIS).  We developed and implemented an electronic survey to collect information from various sources and also conducted one-on-one interviews to identify the stakeholders’ transportation needs, operational concerns, and improvements. RS&H found that the implementation of short-range improvements consistent with the one- to two-year business cycle would give the stakeholders a competitive edge over businesses in other regions.

To seize potential opportunities, the North Florida TPO formed a committee of business, industry, and government (BIG) stakeholders to guide the second phase of the study.  The BIG committee represented the nation’s first standing committee of a TPO that focused on freight movement and economic development. Working closely with the committee, RS&H identified the short-, medium-, and long-term improvements to the region’s highway, rail, airport, and seaport transportation infrastructure.  Our recommendations included the implementation of specific, low-cost projects that will ultimately reduce truck travel times and provide an immediate benefit for regional freight transportation.

Related Services:  Planning