Turnpike Enterprise: SunTrax Test Facility Improvements
Polk County, Fla.
Award of Merit
Contractor: Bergeron Land Development Inc.
Owner: Florida Turnpike Enterprise
Lead Design Firm: Metric Engineering Inc.
Structural Engineer: Bentley Architects + Engineers Inc.
Civil Engineer: BCC Engineering Inc.
MEP Engineer: Joseph, Lawrence and Co.
Construction of this two-and-a-quarter-mile-long oval track for the high-speed testing of emerging toll technologies, intelligent transportation systems and automated/connected vehicles required 1 million cu yd of earthwork and the construction of two 30-ft-high MSE retaining walls and two detention ponds to support the track. Making up the test track are two five-lane straightaways, two super-elevated oval curves and four non-accessible toll gantries. Contractor Bergeron Land Development was able to overcome 56 weather days and impacts from multiple hurricanes to complete the $46-million project 270 days ahead of schedule.