What began as a major stormwater project turned into a $12 million complete road redesign and utility system replacement for the City of Daytona Beach. May 2009 saw a historic storm event that caused significant flooding of Orange Avenue between Nova Road and Ridgewood Avenue. To tackle the current flooding situation and prevent future instances, the City launched a project to design and construct a major stormwater remediation and infrastructure improvements project.
This project quickly expanded from a simple stormwater project to a full-scale, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) roadway upgrade project that included stormwater remediation and the replacement of all existing water mains, reuse mains, and sanitary sewers along the entire Orange Avenue corridor (between Nova Road and South Beach Street). The City selected McKim & Creed to provide engineering design, bidding support and construction administration services for the roadway and utility infrastructure improvements. Our team designed the replacement of over three miles of roadway and related features such as storm drainage, sidewalks, curbs, gutters and roadway pavement (including both travel lanes and parking areas).
This included replacing approximately 8,000 LF of 8-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch gravity sewer, 1,200 LF of 16-inch force main, 1,000 LF of 18-inch force main and 10-inch reclaimed water main. We employed open-cut and horizontal directional drilling to install the sanitary sewer and potable water mains under SR US 1, as well as jack-and-bore drilling to run under the Florida East Coast Railroad. The project team obtained several mission-critical permits for utilities and stormwater from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, City of Daytona Beach, FDOT, Florida East Coast Railroad, Department of Health & Rehabilitative Services, St. Johns County and USACE agencies.
Extreme coordination and conflict resolution were critical components to successfully completing the utility system upgrades. These resolutions involved all private utilities along the corridor, particularly for the coordination of relocating overhead lines underground. Upsizing the stormwater system further increased the design efforts since the right-of-way was already full of existing utility systems with established connection and interconnection points. Evaluating the existing system in order to design upgrades that worked with all the surrounding elements required a block-by-block analysis. In addition, in order to maintain existing systems while installing replacements, the project team carefully coordinated the construction sequencing for the improvements, developing and implementing detailed maintenance of traffic plans.
This project was originally budgeted for nearly $19 million, but various cost-saving measures proposed by the McKim & Creed project team helped bring the construction cost down to approximately $11.4 million. This significant savings enabled the City to use the additional money for other capital improvement projects that also qualified for State Revolving Fund monies.