For many years the Florida-Alabama TPO Long Range Transportation plans have detailed the need for a connector between SR 87 South and SR 87 North in order to improve the regional road network for hurricane evacuation, commerce, multi-modal connectivity for the region, and congestion relief for US Highway 90. A PD&E study is now underway to define the corridor and lay the groundwork for the future phases of design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction.
This project includes the construction of three new bridges. One bridge will be 3,380 ft. long and span the Blackwater River, the second bridge will be 1,560 ft. long spanning wetlands as well as the Blackwater Heritage State Trail, and the third bridge will be 760 ft. long going over Clear Creek. The project must also consider its impacts on the Gopher Tortoise habitat and wetlands.
FINLEY was responsible for the preliminary design and study of twin bridges, performing calculations, and computing quantities in order to determine the preferred foundation, substructure, and superstructure type for each site as well as the preparation of the Bridge Development Report and cost estimates.