An Irresistible Offer

by Max D. Crumit, P.E., (M.ASCE), Project Manager; Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, Inc., Tallahassee, Florida,
Wafic M. Arnoush, P.E., (M.ASCE), Project Engineer; Greiner, Inc., Tampa, FL,
Scott L. Montgomery, P.E., (M.ASCE), Senior Project Engineer; Greiner, Inc., Tampa, FL,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 8, Pg. 40-43

Document Type: Feature article


An unusual case of public-private financing of part of a Florida beltway is described, in which developers along an unfinished section of the road paid for preliminary design that provided impetus to the project. The highway is owned by the state, which also collects tolls along the road. The developers got enhanced access to their properties, and presumably increased revenues. The elaborate agreement between the private sector and the public sector organizations is described. The procedures within the various Florida highway administrations are outlined and the procedures that led to final approval and agreement described. The risks for each group are discussed. The process took over two years, and involved six private sector owners and several state agencies. A technical description of part of the project, a heavily curved highway bridge is also offered. Designers staggered columns to accommodate differing heights and span lengths. Differing slab thickness and final elevations were a challenge, and designers modelled the structure to show the change in stiffness as each deck unit was placed. The field fabrication and construction procedures are also described.

Subject Headings: Highway bridges | Highway and road design | Highways and roads | Agreements and treaties | Private sector | Bridge design | Case studies | Public private partnership | Florida | United States

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