Memorial Day Travel Means Millions of Motorists!

It’s ready, set, DRIVE across the U.S. as Memorial Day travel gears up to mark the unofficial start of summer. The Automobile Association of America (AAA) 2019 forecast tops 37 million Americans traveling by car on the holiday weekend—with some 2.3 million drivers in the state of Florida alone as detailed in a recent Florida Daily article.

“Large-scale highway improvements are underway across Florida to support growth of our diverse economy,” said GAI AVP Steve Boylan, PE.  “Increasing capacity and enhancing safety are key tenets of our business, and provide reliable mobility to Floridians and visitors alike. GAI is proud to take part in transportation infrastructure projects across the Sunshine State that help make Memorial Day travel quicker, easier, and safer for the millions who drive on the holidays and every day.”

Some GAI transportation projects making a positive impact on Memorial Day travel in Florida include:

With the goal of managing traffic congestion while offering more options for motorists, GAI provided engineering construction and inspection services for this project that includes installation of two new tolled express lanes on the I-295 West Beltway from Buckman Bridge to I-95. The improved roadway opened to the public on May 18, just in time for Memorial Day 2019.

Increasing safety and capacity for merging, exiting, and through traffic in this high-traffic corridor, GAI led the design team on this high-profile project to widen I-95 from four lanes to six lanes north of SR 44 to north of US 92. Encompassing more than 12 miles of roadway and 20 bridge replacements, the project scope includes reconstruction of the I-95 interchange connecting with I-4 and US 92.

Helping optimize one of the busiest interchanges in Florida, GAI provided design and construction services to increase traffic capacity at the I-10/I-95 “Big-I” interchange through downtown Jacksonville. This design-build project also included widening the Fuller Warren Bridge, which spans the St. Johns River, to add extra travel lanes and a pedestrian path.

To facilitate nonstop travel along a highly traveled route in metropolitan Tampa, GAI provided design services for the widening of Veterans Expressway between Sugarwood Toll Plaza (Memorial Highway) and Van Dyke Road. This project completed a 20-mile Express Lanes system and implemented all-electronic tolling that have greatly increased traffic capacity and mobility for residents and commuters.

The Daytona International Speedway welcomes thousands and thousands of visitors every year. This multi award-winning project along the speedway corridor helps balance vehicular access with pedestrian friendliness, encompassing upgrades to six intersections that include new mast arms, audible pedestrian signals, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) traffic management, amenity improvement, and more.

Contact Assistant Vice President Stephen Boylan, PE, 321.354.5661, for more information about GAI’s highway engineering and design services.

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