Florida East Coast Railway
Rail Transportation: Freight Rail, Line Segments & Tunnels
Design: Structural, Civil
Okeechobee Road/Miami Canal Bridge
In response to increasing traffic congestion caused by the at-grade crossing of Okeechobee Road with active Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) freight lines, the Florida Department of Transportation and the City of Hialeah proposed widening and lowering the road to avoid the crossing. FEC contracted with STV to design a 300-foot railroad bridge, which traverses Okeechobee Road and Miami Canal. Other improvements included: a new storm water drainage system, traffic signals, street lights and sidewalks. The $35 million project was completed more than one month ahead of schedule.
Because rail operations could not be disrupted, the project required significant staging to allowing continued rail traffic to and from Hialeah Yard. STV worked closely with FEC and the associated design-build team regarding rail operations, track realingments, temporary shoring schemes and installation, as well as new bridge installation during the 18-month construction period.