FDOT District Four has received another award for the Dixie Highway Flyover project, a four-lane bridge that moves traffic over the Hillsboro Canal and a busy rail crossing between Deerfield Beach and Boca Raton.
The Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation (SASHTO) Officials selected the flyover for the “Best Use of Innovation” award at its meeting August 27 in Asheville, North Carolina. The regional award was part of the 2013 America’s Transportation Awards competition sponsored by American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The Best Use of Innovation award celebrates excellence in innovative management techniques and use of technology. The award recognizes new policies or procedures and creative transportation solutions that enhance the effective movement of people, goods, and services, increase transportation efficiency and choices, improve safety, accessibility, and aid traffic management, and enhance community life.
Opened in 2012, the 1,300-foot curved steel Dixie Highway flyover reduces travel times and provides a safer route for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. It replaced a 170-foot, two-lane bridge and connected four-lane sections of highway previously built to the north in Palm Beach County and to the south in Broward County.
“Dixie Highway’s challenge of crossing a railroad and water has led to a sweeping, curved bridge that is graceful and elegant,” said FDOT District Secretary James Wolfe.
Contractor Cone & Graham teamed with engineering firm Wantman Group Inc. to provide professional services for the design/build project.
Among the other awards that District Four has received for the Dixie Highway Flyover project were the 2012 Steel Erector’s Association of America “Project of the Year,” 2012 Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE) Grand Excellence Award, 2013 FDOT/FICE Design Build Project of the Year, 2013 Florida Transportation Builders Association “Best in Construction,” and the 2013 FICE Grand Conceptor Award.