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CENTRAL FLORIDA'S NEW US 17-92/SR 436 INTERCHANGE RECEIVES NATIONAL ATTENTION FROM I BUILD AMERICA

Orlando, Fla. – The US 17-92 at SR 436 Interchange Design-Build project has garnered national attention in being chosen as an I Build America’s 2016 Construction Impact Awards Finalist.

The $22 million project, owned by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Five, was one of two Florida projects selected as a finalist out of the 25 semi-finalist construction projects submitted from around the country.  The projects were judged by a panel who were tasked with choosing projects based on “what impact it had on America.”

To answer the question, DRMP, Inc., an Orlando-based multidiscipline firm, and The Lane Construction Corporation described how their firms worked together with a design-build project delivery method to implement a groundbreaking bridge technology to design and construct a 457-foot flyover bridge at US 17-92 over SR 436 using a 96-inch deep Florida I-Beam (FIB).  The solution led to:

  • The unprecedented installation of the longest single-piece concrete beams ever fabricated and installed not just in Florida but the United States.
  • The construction of the bridge required the delivery of not one but 13 beams, each weighing in at 267,000 pounds, or slightly more than 45 full-grown elephants.
  • Maintaining traffic operations during construction required each beam to be delivered and set in place with cranes during the night for an entire week while each delivery was escorted by several Florida Highway Patrol cars.
  • The cranes had to avoid a main transmission overhead electrical line to set the beams in place, which if affected would have caused three different suburb cities and several large businesses to lose power. 

Through close and extensive coordination between the Lane/DRMP Design-Build Team and other major project stakeholders, FDOT District Five and the City of Casselberry, the project was designed and constructed with a $2 million savings to the FDOT and tax payers and was delivered 30 days before schedule.  The intersection improvements project has made a large impact on the 100,000 daily commuters that travel the corridor with the flyover bridge drastically decreasing an average of five to 10 minutes in commute time.

 

 
 
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