Honoring Volusia County Vets with Signature Replacement Bridge
County officials required a skilled and experienced CEI team to successfully oversee construction.
Volusia County is receiving federal funding for the project through the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Local Agency Program (LAP), in which FDOT disperses funding while tracking compliance with federal statutes, rules and regulations on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration. Because of the project’s scope, county officials required a skilled and experienced CEI team to successfully oversee construction. CDM Smith is filling that role, providing CEI services for both the new bridge and memorial plaza. The firm is also providing contract compliance services to ensure Volusia County’s conformance with LAP-funding requirements.
CEI plays a notable role due to numerous project complexities:
- Demolition of the Orange Avenue Bridge: The CEI team is responsible for ensuring that the contractor’s demolition plan complies with project specifications and environmental permitting and ensures that the existing bridge remains operational during demolition plan development.
- Permitting: CDM Smith is supporting the submission of a number of permit applications that entail several months of lead time for approval, including ones from the Federal Aviation Authority, U.S. Coast Guard, Army Corp of Engineers and the St. Johns River Water Management District, among others.
- Geotechnical/Geometry: The major size of this bridge and its large components require extensive consideration and testing of geotechnical and geometrical control issues.
- Transportation and Storage of Materials: Transporting precast materials, such as piles, beams and arch segments, means navigating through narrow streets to the project site. Additionally, space is limited to store these materials once they are delivered. Overcoming these challenges efficiently requires CDM Smith’s CEI team to ensure that each component is thoroughly inspected upon arrival and after each time it is handled.
Bridge construction began in June 2016 and is expected to finish by February 2019.