6. Interstate 4/Crosstown Connector
PROJECT COST: $389.5 million
The $389.5-million Interstate 4/Crosstown Connector in Tampa was another long-awaited Florida Dept. of Transportation project kick-started into life by roughly $100 million in stimulus funding.
The remaining $289.5 million of the design-bid-build-finance project�s funding will be contractor-financed until federal funding begins in 2013 or 2014.
A joint venture of PCL Civil Constructors of Tampa and Archer Western Contractors of Atlanta holds the design-bid-build-finance contract. PBS&J of Tampa is the project�s engineer.
The project involves constructing multiple, elevated, one- and two-lane ramps that will connect I-4 and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. The ramps will merge at one section into a 12-lane, tolled roadway that will also add designated truck ramps for improved access to the Port of Tampa.
The project consists of 23 bridges, 12 of which are segmental and will entail both �span-by-span� and balanced cantilever construction methods. Other work includes rehabilitation of existing I-4 bridges and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway and roadway and approach tie-ins.
The project is a collaboration between FDOT, Florida�s Turnpike Enterprise and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority. Construction is expected to proceed over a 36-month timeline.
Location: Tampa, Fla.
Owner: Florida Dept. of Transportation, in conjunction with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise
Contractors: Archer Western Contractors, Atlanta; and PCL Civil Constructors, Tampa
Engineer: PBS&J, Tampa
Start Date: December 2009
Completion Date: March 2013