On April 29, District Seven’s Lee Royal had the opportunity to represent FDOT at the 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) black-tie gala awards program and dinner. The event was held at The Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. Royal, the district’s Government Liaison Administrator, was on hand with representatives from the Ayres Association engineering firm to accept the National Recognition Award for the Courtney Campbell Multiuse Trail Bridge project in Tampa. The National Recognition Award is a prestigious distinction, honoring projects that demonstrate exceptional achievement in engineering. Royal was instrumental in securing the funding for the trail project study in the early stages, working with Central Office and local MPO’s to eventually bring the Courtney Campbell Multiuse Trail Bridge to life.
“It took a lot of hard work and a collaborative effort from planning, design, and construction,” Royal said. “Everyone had a role.” When asked what was it was like to attend what is dubbed the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry,” Royal responded, “It was exciting to represent the DOT at a national event. There were some really innovative projects that were represented, and to be included among them was truly an honor.”
The 5.4-mile-long Courtney Campbell Multiuse Trail is currently open in Hillsborough County and features a pedestrian friendly 12-foot-wide path and new bridge over Old Tampa Bay with scenic overlooks 45 feet over the channel. Construction began in January 2014 on the Pinellas side of the bay for the remaining 3.5 miles of trail with a scheduled completion date of summer 2015. Once completed, the entire length of the trail will be approximately nine miles with regional connections to other trails on both ends.
The Courtney Campbell Causeway is a designated Florida Scenic Highway.