Escambia Bay Bridge

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Location: Escambia County, FL
Client: Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

Volkert provided emergency bridge inspections after the I-10 Escambia Bay Bridge was severely damaged by Hurricane Ivan. The Category 3 storm knocked fifty eight spans from the eastbound and westbound bridges and misaligned another sixty six spans, closing the bridge to traffic. The bridge, which connects Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, is an essential east-west corridor for the region and I-10 is one of three trans-continental interstate highways.

Following the initial inspections, Volkert was responsible for construction management and CEI services for the repair project.

Eighteen days after work began, and weeks ahead of schedule, I-10 was reopened with one lane in each direction on the westbound bridge. The eastbound bridge was opened on November 20, twenty seven days ahead of the planned schedule. Volkert operated an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) to alert officials and motorists of the conditions on the bridge and the detour routes.

Volkert continued to provide bridge maintenance services to the design/build team replacing the bridge, including constant inspection of the Acrow Bridge spans, the repaired bridge components, and the maintenance-of-traffic needed for the detours and bridge maintenance. Volkert’s bridge inspectors provided bridge inspections every other month with FDOT personnel providing them in alternate months.

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Scope of Work: Bridge Inspection, Emergency Damage Assessment, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), Construction Engineering and Inspection (CEI), Traffic Maintenance