The Miami Intermodal Center’s $184-million Roadway Improvements Program, built by the Florida Dept. of Transportation, received the “Project of the Year” award from the Miami-Dade Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The award recognizes civil engineering achievements that represent “a significant contribution to civil engineering progress and society,” according to the award criteria.

The award was presented to FDOT and the MIC project’s design engineering firms at the recent annual meeting of the local ASCE branch. Firms involved with the project included: URS Corp.; Sanchez-Zeinali & Associates; Kimley-Horn & Associates; APCT Engineers; Beiswenger, Hock & Associates; and T.Y. Lin International.

The Roadway Improvements Program was among South Florida’s most complex construction projects. Completed in the midst of a heavily congested traffic corridor, FDOT employed innovative management techniques, including formation of the MIC Steering Committee, a high-level interagency body created specifically to address the needs of those entities with interests and involvement in the MIC Program.

The project is the first major component of the $1.7-billion MIC Program to be completed. The Rental Car Center is scheduled to open in spring 2010, and the MIA Mover should follow in fall 2011.