QLH provides design services for local roadways, bike paths, and pedestrian walkways and sidewalks. The firm is prequalified with Florida Department of Transportation for minor roadway design and construction engineering and inspection services.
The project includes the replacement of existing Oak Lea Drive Bridge crossing Reed Canal for the Coventry Forrest Subdivision. The bridge is to be constructed with a pre-engineered arch type structure. The pre-engineered arch-culvert’s interiors and exteriors are to be covered with decorative manufactured brick veneer finish, which is to be determined by the City of South Daytona. Bridge typical section includes the construction of two travel lanes, Type-F curb and gutter adjoining both sides, 6-foot concrete sidewalks along both sides, and barrier wall with a decorative powder coated, welded steel rail. Project includes the construction of full depth pavement for the limits of the bridge as well as the apron of the intersection of Oak Lea Drive and Reed Canal Road. Alternate additive work includes the milling and resurfacing administered for the project limits along Reed Canal and for the entrance of Coventry Forrest along Oak Lea Drive. For maintenance of traffic, temporary road construction is required and will include reconstruction of swales and wood stockade fence. Detours and detour signing during time of construction will be required. Additional construction services include the construction of concrete flumes, replacement of a concrete driveway, Type-F curb and gutter, guardrail with connections to wingwall of bridge, pedestrian curb-cut ramps, and a concrete pad (4-inch thick) and pre-fabricated covered bus shelter (with matching aesthetics to the bridge), and the removal of the existing and construction of a new subdivision sign. Miscellaneous construction services include the removal of portion of the existing and construction of the new subdivision wall, curb and gutter transitions, decorative lighting, bronze dedication plaque, and painting. Project includes signing, pavement marking for crosswalks, 6-ft wide patterned pavement (Brick Red Herringbone Pattern) for crosswalks, and roadway striping. Drainage improvements include the construction of a rip-rap transition to the west and east sides of the bridge, pre-engineered arch culvert, temporary cofferdams, concrete flumes, and turbidity barrier. Extensive utility and electrical work is required and coordination with utility stakeholders is required. Landscaping, removal of trees and corresponding irrigation work will be required.
The Florida Department of Transportation had released the Wekiva Parkway Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study in the 2nd quarter of 2013 and with it has notified the City of Mount Dora that modifications would be required to the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant #2 entrance road and utility mains. With the entrance road relocation, modifications to the existing stormwater management system was required. The plant has substantial truck traffic to the septage receiving station which required safe routing with the modification. A closed landfill, adjacent to the plant, would require roadway and utility access as well due to the FDOT project. Utility adjustments, at the new plant entrance, would be required due to the grade change at the proposed entrance.
The City of Mount Dora obtained the services of QLH to provide design, permitting, bidding and construction phase services needed for this project. QLH’s scope included surveying, geotechnical and biological investigations, traffic study, conceptual plan, final design and permitting, and construction administration and inspection services. Permits obtained for the project included:
QLH along with their subconsultants coordinated with FDOT and the city to provide a fully approved set of bid documents which was bid successfully in January 2016. Construction was completed by October 2016.
The City of Port Orange was experiencing complaints of traffic back ups at the intersection of Spruce Creek Road and Dunlawton Avenue due the capacity of the right turn lane east bound onto Dunlawton Avenue. The city contracted with QLH to solve the problem. QLH provided engineering design, surveying, permitting and construction phase services for implementing the project which was funded through a FDOT LAP grant.
The project consisted of construction of an additional of 400-ft turn lane; 200 feet for right turn from Dunlawton for southbound traffic and 200 feet on Spruce Creek Road to eastbound traffic. Due to the encroachment on the Halifax Canal a 200-foot extension of one of the 5-foot by 8-foot culvert was constructed along with a new mast arm traffic signal.
Design and permitting was completed in the Fall of 2010. The city applied for LAP funds and the project was bid in July 2011. Construction commenced in January 2012 and was completed in September 2012.
The North Atlantic Avenue Streetscape Improvements project consisted of complete streets improvements to 1.1 miles of existing roadway including asphalt pedway, concrete sidewalks, curbs and driveways, mast arm signalization, decorative streetlights, signage, patterned pavement, landscaping and irrigation funded with FDOT LAP funds. The city planned for the North Atlantic Avenue Improvements Project in the city’s adopted Capital Improvement Program (CIP). QLH provided survey, design and permitting assistance, along with EOR Services during construction.
The project was bid in March 2015, then rebid in August 2015 due to higher than expected bid costs. The rebidding resulted in a bid of $2,756,815.50. Construction started in February 2016 and was finished by September 2016.
The project scope includes complete streets improvements along Florida Avenue from King St. (S.R. 520), south of Rosa L. Jones Drive. The project length is approximately 0.49 miles. The project includes roadway reconstruction, new sidewalks, new curb and gutter, on-street parallel parking (permeable interlocking concrete unit pavement), minor storm water improvements, pedestrian scaled decorative streetlights, thermoplastic striping, stamped asphalt crosswalks, signage, landscaping, and irrigation. The new sidewalk will be a combination of concrete and brick pavers. Existing driveways are to be reconstructed to meet ADA requirements along with the new sidewalks. The project is being bid and constructed as a joint project with water main replacement improvements (designed by others).
The project is being funded with FDOT LAP funding. QLH provided design services for all of the complete streets improvements. QLH also provided bidding services and is providing CEI services for the entire project including the water main replacements.
The City of Cocoa Beach obtained grant funding to reduce storm water pollution created from the 1.7 mile Ocean Beach Boulevard corridor. A study was completed and after several months of presentation and community input, the City Commission voted to reduce the configuration from four-lane to two-lane. The city obtained the services of QLH to design the roadway improvements and perform construction administration and inspection services. Two other firms provided storm water design/permitting services and landscape design.
The drawings and specifications were completed in May 2009 and the project was advertised. Soon afterwards, the federal government passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) from which the city requested funds. The project was revised to include all the provision of the ARRA and re-advertised.
The construction started in January 2010 and was completed in March 2011. The medians were enlarged and excavated to retain storm water. The character of the soils makes the medians a rapid infiltration area for ground water recharge removing pollutants from entering the Banana River. The City of Cocoa Beach is very proud of this aspect of the project, plus the native landscaping in the corridor make it very attractive for visitors and residents alike.
This project involved the construction of various retrofit improvements to the city’s Cassia Basin which drains to the Banana River Lagoon (BRL). The project was completed in advance to the BRL Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) adopted in 2012 and the improvements provided enough credits to the city to achieve their reduction goals for the first 5 to 10 years of the BMAP.
The project was funded by a Florida Department of Environmental Protection 319h grant and consisted of the construction of various stormwater treatment and conveyance improvements throughout the Cassia basin including two nutrient separators, retrofit swales, exfiltration piping and related work. The city acquired the grant for the first two phases with assistance from the city’s previous consulting engineer. QLH reevaluated the proposed improvements and proposed modifications of the scope to FDEP due to actual field conditions and the ability to better the design.
Upon FDEP approval, QLH designed and permitted the project then assisted the city in bidding the project. QLH provided construction contract services with the city providing inspection services. Early during construction, the contractor went out of business and QLH assisted the city in seeking resolution through the bonding company. The city re-awarded the project to the original second low bidder and QLH worked with the contractor to expedite the construction so to avoid losing the grant funding from FDEP. The project was constructed for $980K due to savings that were realized during construction.
The third phase of the project was funded in part by a FDEP 319h grant of $1,255,230. The project was designed to incorporate the construction of a 8-foot wide pedway which replaced a previous on street bicycle and pedestrian lane which was a safety concern. The Cassia corridor is within the city’s CRA and funding from the CRA was used for decorative paver brick crosswalks, landscaping and hardscaping.
QLH provided redesign services (for Phases I and II), design services, permitting assistance, bidding assistance, construction phase services and grant assistance. QLH also provided the pre-construction and post construction water monitoring and analysis. QLH successfully negotiated with FDEP the ability to address three phases of the project with a Quality Assurance Project Plan and final report. This saved the city considerable money on unnecessary monitoring and reporting.