PROJECT COST: $559 million
The $559-million reconstruction of the interchange connecting State Road 826 (Palmetto Expressway) and SR 836 (Dolphin Expressway), one of the most heavily congested areas in Miami-Dade County, is funded through a partnership between the Florida Dept. of Transportation and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.
Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helped push forward the long-awaited project.
A joint venture of three Miami contractors is leading the work: Community Asphalt (a subsidiary of OHL USA), Condotte America and the DeMoya Group.
Capacity improvements include the reconstruction and widening of roughly 1 mi of both SR 826 and SR 836 and the construction of 34 bridges. In addition to the construction of a four-level interchange, the project will widen SR 826 and SR 836 and reconstruct the Flagler Street/SR 826 and the Milam Dairy Road/NW 72nd Avenue/SR 836 interchanges.
The new interchange will provide direct connections between SR 826 and SR 836, including from northbound SR 826 to westbound SR 836.
The project also includes the construction of connector ramps and frontage roads for local traffic movements; reconstruction of Milam Dairy Road, N.W. 11th Street and N.W. 12th Street; the reconstruction, widening and resurfacing of West Flagler Street; new bridges over future N.W. Seventh Street and N.W. 82nd Avenue; and the realignment of the North Line Canal parallel to SR 826.
Location: Miami-Dade Co., Fla.
Owner: Florida Dept. of Transportation
Contractors: Community Asphalt (a subsidiary of OHL USA), Condotte America and the DeMoya Group, all of Miami
Engineer: BCC Engineering/C3TS, Miami
Start Date: November 2009
Completion Date: 2015