In a recent article by ENR Southeast, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is leading the way for public-private partnerships (P3s), successfully completing multiple P3s in the state. Florida has set an example for the rest of the nation, showcasing its enthusiastic attitude to get the job done. Its latest project, I-4 Ultimate, is a $2.1-billion plan that will redo 21 miles of Orlando’s main interstate.
The project will include 56 new bridges, 71 replacement bridges, the reconstruction of 15 major interchanges, and the construction of new managed lanes for the length of the job. RS&H is serving as owner’s representative for the project.
RS&H’s CMO Joe Debs is quoted in the article and said, “FDOT has been a leader nationally in executing P3s and making them a reality. They’ve learned to leverage, [better than] any state that I’m aware of, public-sector as well as private-sector dollars.”
According to the article, Anath Prasad, the transportation secretary who became chief in 2011, has been a driving force behind FDOT’s latest surge of achievements. He has pushed his district leaders to complete projects in order to leave behind a strong legacy.
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