Posted: December 21, 2018
Last modified: December 21, 2018

In an effort to maintain supply, safety and quality, the I-4 Ultimate team has built its own concrete batch plant near Interstate 4 (I-4).

The plant, which is expected to be in operation as early as January 2019, is located at Orange Blossom Trail (U.S. 17-92/441) and 34th Street. The plant is the idea and the work of SGL – the joint construction venture of Skanska, Granite and Lane on the I-4 Ultimate project. SGL owns and will operate the concrete facility.

The main uses for the concrete will be to build express lanes and barrier walls that separate those lanes from the general use lanes.

The concrete plant is a major indicator the SGL is ready for production of the express lanes. The new plant ensures the contractor is ready to meet the demand for increased material once construction of express lanes is at full steam.

By making and mixing the essential building material next to the work site, SGL expects to save time and ensure quality while avoiding any waits for trucks that are hauling it from farther away.

The SGL plant, though temporary, uses state-of-the-art technology, including a method of preparing the concrete so that it remains liquid longer and does not start to harden or dry out before reaching its destination.

SGL also will purchase several trucks to transport the loads and will rent other equipment as needed to keep the process moving.

The four express lanes (two in each direction) will be made of concrete to minimize maintenance needs of the lanes that will be in the center of the newly rebuilt interstate.