A. Max Brewer Bridge Replacement

The FDOT District Five needed a firm to provide design solutions for the A. Max Brewer Bridge Replacement design-build project.  Stormwater management systems were required to meet the permitting requirements of St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for discharge to impaired water bodies.  The design was constrained by tight right-of-way and causeway construction.

This major bridge replacement consisted of a new 3,207-foot high level bridge over the Indian River and the Intracoastal Waterway to replace an existing swing span bridge.  The project also involves construction of a 300-foot long cast-in-place concrete fishing pier and a 200-foot long pedestrian bridge over the Indian River Relief Channel.  The stormwater management design accommodated reconstruction/realignment of approximately 1.2-miles of roadway on SR 406 from east of the US1/SR406 intersection to east of end of the existing A. Max Brewer Bridge.  Innovative inlet drainage inside the columns with hidden energy dissipating structures under dry treatment ponds helped meet the aesthetic goals of the project. 

The Design-Build contractor received an efficient design to help win the project and FDOT District Five received an award-winning project that enhanced the access to NASA property and the Canaveral National Seashore.  Water quality discharge to the Indian River Lagoon was improved above permitting requirements for a bridge replacement project.

Key Facts




FDOT District Five



  • Innovative drainage solutions
  • Hidden energy dissipation for drainage from high level bridge
  • Increased water quality treatment for impaired waters
Services Provided:


Ecological Services

Structural Engineering

Subsurface Utility Engineering

Surveying & Mapping


Utilities Engineering

Water Resources/Stormwater Management