Providing a smoother drive through downtown Tampa

Our I-275 project in Tampa sets the stage for a $3.5 billion managed lanes PPP project in the highway median.

Our Interstate 275 team this month successfully accomplished their biggest milestone and largest traffic shift, moving southbound traffic to three newly constructed lanes stretching for the four-mile project length. As our team has already rebuilt the northbound lanes, with this latest milestone the $215.4 million design-build project is 85 percent complete. Even more, this project sets the stage for a public-private partnership managed lanes undertaking that the client estimates will cost $3.5 billion.

Jim Goyer, vice president of Florida operations, said he has much to be proud of about the I-275 work.

“We have a great relationship with the owner,” he said. “The project team – with Project Manager Phil LeFave – has really executed from a quality standpoint, and they’ve met or beat all the milestone dates. And we continue to maintain a strong safety culture.”

The recent I-275 milestone also included opening a key exit ramp three weeks early. And our client, the Florida Department of Transportation, wants early completions like that to continue: they just offered us an early completion bonus if our team achieves a July 15, 2016, final completion date, up from the October 2016 contractual completion date. The remaining work mainly involves finishing the inside traffic lanes.

This highway’s new configuration provides enough space between the northbound and southbound lanes to add dynamically tolled lanes. We expect FDOT to release the RFQ for this PPP project – called the Tampa Bay Express – in 2018, and we hope our team’s strong I-275 performance helps us win this bigger project. Our Tampa Bay Express joint venture partners are Kiewit and Granite.

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