The Florida Dept. of Transportation is planning to replace the aging northbound span of the Howard Frankland Bridge connecting Tampa and St. Petersburg.  The new three-mile-long bridge will include four non-tolled/general-use lanes, two tolled express lanes in both the north and southbound directions and a 12-ft-wide shared-use path. Once the new bridge is constructed, the existing northbound bridge will be removed. RS&H has been selected as designer. FDOT expects to award the bid in 2019. Construction is slated to start in 2020, with the bridge opening to traffic in 2024. Once the new bridge is constructed, traffic patterns will flip. The current southbound span, built in 1990, will become the new northbound span, carrying traffic to Tampa. The new bridge will move traffic southbound into St. Petersburg. The project is valued at $814 million. Florida Dept. of Transportation, 11201 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, 33612. DR#18-00904506.


EcoSteel is proposing to build a steel mill in Homestead. The mill would use an electric furnace to melt scrap steel into billets. The company expects to produce about 1,000 tons of steel a day, and the complex would include a rebar mill. The project is valued at $240 million. EcoSteel, 28202 Cabot Rd., Laguna Niguel, Calif., 92677. DR#18-00647723.

North Carolina

Piedmont Natural Gas Co., a subsidiary of Duke Energy, is planning to construct its fourth LNG storage facility in Robeson County to increase reliability during peak demand times. The 1-billion-cu-ft LNG peaking and storage facility will occupy a 50-acre footprint on a 685-acre site. Construction is expected to start in the summer of 2019 and be completed in the summer of 2021. The project is valued at $250 million. Piedmont Natural Gas Co., 4720 Piedmont Row Drive, Charlotte, 28210. DR#18-00833227.

South Carolina

LStar, a developer, is planning to develop Grand Dunes North, an 888-unit residential development on a 241-acre site off Watertower Road in North Myrtle Beach. LStar is currently performing site work and infrastructure construction. Plans call for a mix of single-family homes and townhomes. No residential contractors have been hired yet. The project is valued at $150 million. LStar, Attn: Baird Stewart, Project Manager, 960 Cipriana Drive, Myrtle Beach, 29572. DR#15-00654830.

Bid, Proposal Dates

Alabama - 1/25

The Alabama Dept. of Transportation is seeking bidders to carry out a highway improvement project in Marion County. The project entails the planing, widening, resurfacing, guardrail installation and traffic striping of 4.514 miles of Interstate 22 from the State Route 129 interchange southwest of Brilliant to east of the State Route 233 interchange. The project is valued at between $8.6 million and $10.5 million. Alabama Dept. of Transportation, 1409 Coliseum Blvd., Montgomery, 36110. DR#19-00500615.

North Carolina - 3/8

Barnhill Contracting/D.A. Everett Joint Venture, the construction manager, is seeking subcontractor qualifications for Fuquay-Varina High School in Fuquay Varina. It will be a four-story, 380,000-sq-ft building. The project includes the demolition of the existing school building. The building has been designed by Ratio Architects. Invited bidding will proceed in April 2019, with a target bid date in early May, and construction expected to start in June. The project is valued at $96 million. Barnhill Contracting/D.A. Everett Joint Venture, Attn: Holly Faison, 4325 Pleasant Valley Rd., Raleigh, 27612. DR#15-00639590.

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