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DRMP WINS APWA TRANSPORTATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR FROM BIG BEND CHAPTER

Tallahassee, Fla. – DRMP’s Transportation Project, the Kinhega Drive Roundabout Improvements Project for the Leon County Public Works Department, was awarded the APWA’s Transportation Project of the Year Award from the Big Bend Chapter. Congratulations to the DRMP Tallahassee staff and Bryant King, PE, DRMP Tallahassee Office Leader and Senior Project Manager, who led the project.

Project Background
The Kinhega Drive and Beech Ridge Trail 3-leg intersection in Leon County, FL was converted to a roundabout that alleviated congestion brought on by heavy traffic from a large subdivision and Lawton Chiles High School, which happens to be the largest in Leon County. To ensure the Kinhega Drive/Beech Ridge Trail roundabout was ready to accommodate school traffic, the intersection was closed for construction for 75 days during summer break and reopened in time for the Fall 2015 school year. Reflective markers, reduction of the profile grade and narrowed lanes were designed to ease concerns of speeding among the subdivision’s residents. Along with its functionality, the roundabout improvement project was environmentally-friendly and aesthetically-pleasing by minimizing impacts to surrounding wetland and floodplain and planting a native 40-foot Live Oak tree that provides instant visual impact.

Public involvement was a key component to the success of this project.  A marketing plan was planned and implemented to achieve two goals: to educate residents and students about how the roundabout would impact them and to promote nearby businesses through billboard, radio and television advertisements, and print advertising in local and government newsletters. A webpage was also created with up to-date project information. Upon the opening of the roundabout, an informational flyer was developed and distributed to educate the high school students of the roundabout’s benefits and how to properly navigate it.

Award

2016
APWA’s Transportation Project of the Year Award from the Big Bend Chapter

 

 
 
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