To replace an outdated bascule bridge at Clearwater Pass, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) selected Volkert first for a Project Development & Environment Study and then for preliminary and final designs for a new bridge.
Volkert developed the environmental documents and engineering report for the joint project of FDOT and the City of Clearwater. The initial project consisted of a PD&E study that determined the preferred alternative.
Volkert later provided preliminary and final designs and construction plans and specifications for a 2,520-foot-long bridge and approaches. The project included the relocation of a channel maintained by the Corps of Engineers, requiring multiple agency coordination. It also required the relocation of approach roadways through a densely developed area.
The new high-level, fixed, Clearwater Pass Bridge has twenty one spans of 120 feet each, a 74′ vertical clearance over a 90′ relocated navigational channel. The structure is supported by drilled shafts with hammerhead piers, and the main channel piers are protected with a fender system. Other services provided included utility relocation, highway lighting, and signing and pavement markings.
The completed bridge was recognized with an award of Honorable Mention for Engineering Excellence in 1998 by the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers.
Scope of Work: Project Development & Environment Study, Preliminary Design, Roadway Design, Bridge Design, Utility Relocation, Signage and Lighting, Agency and Permit Coordination