The San Sebastian River Bridge replacement was the only District Two project selected by the Florida Transportation Builders’ Association (FTBA) as “Best in Construction” awarded 2013. The U.S. 1 bridge was selected as the best Design Build project by an independent committee from FDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). “It is a real honor to win one of these statewide awards,” said Bob Burleson, FTBA president.
“Well done Folks!” echoed District Construction Engineer Carrie Stanbridge. “Great win for both Design and Construction!”
FDOT’s design build team included Jeff Williams and Sharon Griffiths, Palatka Construction, and Jimmy Pitman and Travis Humphries Design. The project was built by Archer Western Contracting and designed by GAI Consultants with construction oversight provided by Eisman & Russo. Laurie Sanderson with Atkins provided the public information on the 19-month long project.
The timeliness of the project was a consideration in using the design build process as the City of St. Augustine wanted the work completed before their 450th anniversary celebration commenced in 2013.
The reconstructed bridge was designed with aesthetic features, keeping with the city’s Spanish history. Features include “faux gaslight” roadway lighting poles that match St. Augustine’s lighting in its historic district. The light pole pedestals are also accented with decorative plaques that match those on the nearby Bridge of Lions. The bridge barrier wall is painted brown with beige decorative recesses inspired by the local historic architecture.
The bridge was completely reconstructed while still providing four-lanes of traffic for the approximate 30,000 vehicles a day and was completed on schedule.
“The San Sebastian project was an extraordinary project that exemplified good communication, mutual respect of all the team members, and lots of hard work to complete a very difficult project in a critical area of St. Augustine,” according to the application.