Project Description

First Coast Expressway

The First Coast Expressway (FCX) is one of the first projects in Florida to utilize a Public-Private Partnership (P3) and the first time the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is using P3 to develop an entirely new corridor. RS&H is serving as the Owner’s Representative to FDOT for the design and construction of this $1.3 billion project.

The FCX will serve as a system connector between I-10 and I-95, extending 46 miles around the southwest and southern portions of the First Coast area. The new four-lane divided toll road will include 13 new interchanges and a major bridge crossing over the St. Johns River.

Serving as an extension of FDOT’s staff, our team has provided a wide range of services, including design reviews, engineering, identification and evaluation of alternatives, traffic modeling and analysis, project finance, public involvement, costs estimating, scheduling, and construction services.

Preparing for P3
RS&H performed preparatory construction oversight for this public-private-partnership contract as Construction Task Leader for the Florida Department of Transportation District 2. RS&H’s responsibilities included preparing and writing the construction RFP and specifications to be utilized on the projects. After a reevaluation of traffic projections along the corridor, FDOT decided to advance a 14-mile section of the project using the design-build (DB) delivery method, with project financing being accomplished under partnership with Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise.

RS&H developed the design-build criteria packages for the 14-mile segment of SR 23, which will be constructed in two phases. Each design-build contract will be valued at approximately $100 million.

Gopher Tortoise Relocation
As part of the project, RS&H worked with appropriate federal, state, and local entities to relocate nearly 200 gopher tortoises within the project limits to a protected area, representing one of the larger relocation efforts in Florida. Services included surveying, mapping, excavation, removal, and relocation.

The gopher tortoise is native to Florida and shares burrows with more than 350 other species. RS&H works to maintain secure and viable populations of gopher tortoises and other endangered and threatened species in jeopardy of becoming extinct as a result of human activity, such as land development. We have authorized agents permitted to trap, transport, and release target species. Together with our clients, RS&H has helped to decrease mortality of these key species.

Project Details


Michael J. Davis, PE
Tolls & Managed Lanes