FLORIDA

Both day and night, construction crews in Florida are working on an $802 million design-build project that will improve safety, mobility and traffic operations along SR 836 and I-395. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has partnered with the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) to complete the massive undertaking.

After some time on the drawing board and a year after the official ground-breaking, Beard Equipment's brand-new Ocala, Fla., branch is officially open for business. The 48,000 sq. ft.- facility is situated on 10 acres of land right off Interstate 75 and has plenty of room for any necessary future expansions.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) received Best in Construction Awards from the Florida Transportation Builders Association (FTBA) for 14 projects throughout Florida. Each year, the FTBA recognizes those companies and individuals who have responsibly executed outstanding road and bridge construction projects across the state.

Yoder & Frey continues to build its team of territory managers with experience in the heavy machinery world, with the latest joiner being Alex Young, who will concentrate on Florida and the surrounding states. Based in Coconut Creek, Fla., Young joins the Yoder & Frey team to focus on developing the brand in the state of Florida, as well as the surrounding states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

A new Florida law now requires public coastal construction projects to first be reviewed for impacts on the state's fragile seashore because of rising sea levels. The measure is being hailed by environmentalists as an important step in addressing the encroaching ocean in a state with more than 1,300 mi.

Skanska announced the completion of the St. Petersburg Municipal Pier and Pier Approach situated in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Fla. With breathtaking views of the waterfront, The Pier District includes a variety of dining and shopping options, interactive experiences, a spacious family park with a custom-built, million-dollar playground, fishing pier, art installations, beach area and more.

The Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project, the State Street Redevelopment Project in Indiana, Louisiana Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson and ACS Infrastructure Development Vice President of Project Management Noah Jolley have been recognized as models of excellence in innovative transportation finance and leadership, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced July 16.

Sometimes the beach needs a boost. The first of two phases of beach renourishment, approved by the Manatee County (FL) board of commissioners in October 2019, got under way July 2 to restore sand lost through erosion. A contractor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is restocking a 5.5-mi.

In late May, as part of the larger construction of the new high-speed Virgin Trains rail line through Brevard County, crews closed the railroad crossing at Prospect Avenue in Melbourne for two years to build new twin bridges spanning Crane Creek. Since the beginning of the year, Virgin Trains has worked to put down tracks in several parts of the city, including along heavily used roads such as New Haven Boulevard and Strawbridge Avenue in Melbourne, which split the downtown area.

Since 2018, a luxurious passenger train service has been transporting people between downtown Miami and West Palm Beach, with a stop in Fort Lauderdale. The Brightline trains have proven to be popular with business passengers and tourists alike, as they are a faster alternative to the often-congested highways of South Florida.

Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) has promoted John Hayes to branch manager of ECA Florida and hired Ben Morgan as BAUER product service manager with the BAUER Service Team (BST). Hayes will manage all aspects of ECA's branch in Green Cove Springs, Fla., including sales, rental, parts and service.