Posted: October 30, 2014
Last modified: January 19, 2017
With FDOT and I-4 Mobility Partners’ signing of the contract last month setting Florida’s revolutionary I-4 Ultimate project in motion, the next step has already been achieved with the issuance of Notice to Proceed (NTP) 1 on Oct. 4, 2014. NTP 1 allows I-4 Mobility Partners to begin finalizing design plans for the entire 21-mile reconstruction. In fact, I-4 Mobility Partners has already submitted the master design plan for FDOT’s approval, according to I-4 Design Manager Larry Low, P.E.
“We’ve got a really committed team,” said Low, noting that the project has a 22-month design schedule. It typically takes a project three to four years to go from design plans and right of way acquisition to construction. But, because I-4 Ultimate is a design-build-finance-operate-maintain project, the team can see the design evolving in real time and identify issues as they pop up. Some unique design elements include bridge architecture, elaborate landscaping and signature features like direct-connect pylons and lighting underneath the viaduct.
NTP 1 and 2 are part of the public-private partnership (P3) formula. By using this process, FDOT can bring congestion relief to the interstate 17 years earlier than traditional methods could. NTP 2, which allows I-4 Mobility Partners to begin construction and assume responsibility for the 40-year maintenance period, is still on track and anticipated to begin in early 2015.