Construction Today - September/October 2017 - 116
Civil | PRINCE CONTRACTING
PRINCE PUTS THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON A PARKWAY WHILE HELPING REPAIR DAMAGES FROM
HURRICANE IRMA. BY JANICE HOPPE-SPIERS
or three decades, Prince Contracting has been a civil
construction leader in Florida specializing in highway,
heavy construction and site development, self-performing
a majority of its work. It is because of its expertise that the
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) chose it to build
the state's first diverging diamond interchange, which is also the
largest in the country.
The high-profile I-75 at University Parkway in Manatee and
Sarasota counties is a $74.5 million, 745-day project that started in
August 2015. The diverging diamond interchange opened in May
and Prince is about 90 percent completed with the project.
Prince added auxiliary lanes, as well as milled, resurfaced and
widened the existing lanes. Work also included new bridge construction, including a temporary Acrow bridge, existing bridge rehabilitation, base work, shoulder treatment, drainage improvements,
guardrail, curb and gutter, concrete traffic separators, sidewalks,
signage and installing an intelligent transportation system on I-75.
"We are in the last few months of construction and have the new
overpasses complete on I-75, and traffic on University Parkway is
running in the new alignment," says Ryan Jackson, contracts administrator. "We are about 90 percent complete on the project."
Now that the work is mostly completed, there are six eastbound
and six westbound lanes on University Parkway and extra lanes on
I-75, which were all designed for motorists' safety, FDOT says. The
new traffic configuration moves both directions of University Parkway traffic to the opposite sides of the road where the thoroughfare
meets the interstate.
"This traffic pattern design was specifically chosen for the Interstate 75 and University
because it was felt it
could best manage the
* Project costs: $74.5 million
high volume of opposing
* Location: Florida
left turns and the high
volume of traffic," FDOT
* Scope: Heavy highway construction
Communication Specialist Robin Stublen told the
challenge on the I-75
- Ryan Jackson, contracts administrator
at University Parkway
project was completing
"Hurricane Irma's impact was
minimal on e I-75 project
due to e advanced completion
of e work."
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prepared for Hurricane
Irma's impact in Florida by closing
its projects before it hit.
and opening the diverging diamond interchange in time to receive
the full incentive. "We were able to achieve those goals by implementing an aggressive schedule, working six to seven days each
week," Jackson says.
Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida on Sept. 11, causing about
$19.4 billion in damage, according to Florida International University researchers. Prince prepared for Irma's impact by closing its projects more than a week in advance of the hurricane hitting Florida.
"We have been in the process of completing remedial work on our
projects since resuming the week of Sept. 18," Jackson says. "Overall,
since we were able to prepare, and depending on the location of the
project, the impact was minimal.
"Hurricane Irma's impact was minimal on the I-75 project due to
the advanced completion of the work," he continues. "Most of the
drainage and permanent erosion control features were completed
before the storm impact."
Prince is now working on 16 projects throughout Florida, including several emergency contracts from the FDOT to repair damage