Howell Drive/Ribault River Bridge Project Wins Outstanding Bridge Award

Orlando, FL—The American Council of Engineering Companies of Florida (ACEC-FL) presented the team of CONSOR Engineers, LLC and GAI Consultants, Inc. (GAI) with a 2021 Outstanding Bridge Award for the Howell Drive/Ribault River Bridge project, located in Duval County, FL. Additional project team members included Terracon, Cardno, T2 Utility Engineers, APTIM, and Superior Construction Company SE, LLC.

Highlights/Key Facts

About the Award

  • The award was presented to the project team on May 27, 2021, during the ACEC-FL Transportation Conference at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.
  • ACEC-FL recognizes outstanding member achievements in accomplishing Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) studies and projects annually.
  • The ACEC-FL Outstanding Projects Awards Committee is composed of FDOT and ACEC-FL representatives who select a winner in each of seven categories.
  • 27 projects were nominated to compete in the 2021 ACEC-FL Outstanding Projects Awards competition.

About the Project

  • GAI provided construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services for this $11.8 million FDOT District Two project, which involved replacement of the Howell Drive Bridge spanning the Ribault River.
  • The new structure, which was completed in fall 2020, consists of two 12-ft travel lanes, one 6-ft sidewalk, one 10-ft sidewalk, handrails, conventional street lightings, 5-ft wide shoulders and bicycle lanes.
  • Specially designed barrier walls were constructed to separate pedestrians from vehicular traffic.
  • During construction, the project team was challenged with maintaining traffic—including two vehicle lanes, pedestrians who were largely school-aged walkers, and bicyclists—within a limited project area and throughout all phases.

“GAI and the entire project team was honored to accept the 2021 Outstanding Bridge Award from ACEC Florida for the Howell Drive Bridge over Ribault River project. Our skilled team of professionals came together to deliver this bridge with minimal disruptions to local roadway users; we’re incredibly proud of the end result.”

Andre Sutherland, PE, Senior Project Engineer, GAI Consultants

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