SR 710/BIG JOHN MONAHAN BRIDGE
Martin County, FL
This $32-million Design-Build project successfully increased capacity and improved safety by upgrading a two-mile section of State Road 710, a designated hurricane evacuation route. Replacing the Big John Monahan Bridge over the St. Lucie Canal in Martin County was a critical component of the project. Significantly reducing the bridge length and eliminating most of the MSE walls west of the Okeechobee Waterway saved the State of Florida nearly $10 million. Diligent research and meetings with adjacent landowners led to this innovative and cost-saving approach to strategically acquire right-of-way from a willing seller. In addition, the project was completed 104 days ahead of schedule and the Design-Build team was awarded a perfect Contractor’s Past Performance Rating. The project received the 2015 FICE Grand Award, the DBIA Florida Project of the Year Award (Transportation), DBIA Florida Best Overall Project of the Year, and the Engineers’ Council Distinguished Engineering Project Achievement Award.