Transportation Engineering

Key Deer Preservation & US-1 Improvements

Client: FDOT- District 6

Location: Miami, Florida

Service: Transportation Engineering

Project Overview

Roadway and bridge design services required for the provision of under-roadway crossings for the endangered Key Deer which inhabit Big Pine Key in the Florida Keys. The project required that the existing vertical alignment be raised approximately 8ft. to allow for the underpass. US-1 is the only means of access to the Keys, and as such is the evacuation route for the Keys. This required that a temporary detour roadway be constructed to carry the traffic during the construction. Also included is the addition of lanes to US-1 in the City of Big Pine Key and improvements to the Key Deer Blvd. intersection. The project required coordination with the environmental permitting agencies as well as the inhabitants of Big Pine Key. Special structural and fencing design was required to prevent the Key Deer from accessing the roadway and guiding them to the underpasses. This required coordination with the environmental entities charged with the study and protection of the Key Deer. Recipient of a Florida Transportation Builders Association (FTBA) Best in Construction Award and a AASHTO Environmental Stewardship Award.

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