Duck Key Bridge Updates
7/5/2022 Update: American Empire Builders (AEB) installed the barrier wall support slab and partial cap and stubbed the steel for the barrier wall construction on top of the MSE wall on the east side of Bimini Bridge. The contractor is coordinating with AT&T and Comcast to schedule their trenching along the road’s centerline up to the end bent for underground installation of two 4-inch conduits along the approach for eventual installation through the new beams. Once the conduit installation is complete, the contractor will form and pour the approach slab by the end bent cap on the east end.
The contractor formed the spread footer and column that will replace the outer pile on the west end of the bridge. They are currently installing the steel for the footer and column and anticipate pouring the concrete on Wednesday, July 6. Upon completion of the concrete pour for the footer and column, the contractor will form and pour the end bent on the west end and place the backfill for the MSE wall on the west end.
FKAA’s contractor continues to install utility hole structures at Seaview Drive and Harbour Drive bridges. FKAA anticipates that the tie-in of the new utility lines will occur the week of July 11, if not sooner. FKAA will send out public notifications for the scheduled shutdown of the potable water system once the tie-in schedule is confirmed. During the tie-in, there will not be a disruption of the wastewater or reclaimed water systems.
Monroe County has advertised a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for construction engineering and inspection (CEI) services for the Seaview Drive Bridge Replacement. We anticipate advertising for construction bids shortly, so the Seaview Drive Bridge Replacement project may begin in fall 2022.
6/16/2022 Update: American Empire Builders (AEB) is continuing to construct the MSE wall and placing the backfill on the east end of Bimini Bridge. A meeting was held with AT&T and Comcast to coordinate the placement of their conduits within the fill behind the MSE wall. It was agreed onsite that once the fill is at the required elevation, AT&T and Comcast will trench along the outer edge by the MSE wall to install two 4-inch conduits along the approach for eventual installation through the new beams.
The pile splice at the west end did not achieve capacity; the engineer of record has proposed an alternative consisting of a spread footer and column to support the end bent in lieu of the pile. Draft plans and material quantities have been provided to the contractor so that he can order material and begin excavating and forming the footer. Final signed and sealed plans are pending. Impacts to the construction schedule due to the re-design are being evaluated.
FKAA’s contractor completed pressure testing lines and installation of structures at Seaview Drive Bridge; work is complete pending final tie-in and site restoration. The contractor has completed the borings and pipe and structure installation at Harbour Drive Bridge and is in the process of pressure testing the lines. They anticipate performing the tie-ins at Harbour Drive Bridge in the next two weeks and then will remobilize at Seaview Drive Bridge to perform the tie-ins there.
Monroe County staff will be onsite next week to install temporary speed bumps on the approaches to the Seaview and Harbour Drive bridges in an effort to prevent speeding over the two bridges. Decreasing the speed at which vehicles, particularly trucks, cross the bridges will reduce wear on the bridge decks and will add to the overall safety of the area.
5/20/2022 Update: American Empire Builders (AEB) poured the concrete end bent on the east side of Bimini Bridge on May 16. They have continued work on the east side and have constructed the forms for the concrete cap along the top of the MSE wall. The concrete plant notified the contractor that there is a shortage of fly ash for concrete and is awaiting confirmation of a date for concrete delivery for the cap.
The contractor received the steel dowels to perform the pile splice on the west end of the bridge and is awaiting confirmation from the casting yard on the fabrication and delivery of the two 25 ft. sections for the splice. Delivery is anticipated to be during the week after Memorial Day; however, this is tentative due to industry material shortages.
AEB is coordinating with AT&T and Comcast to place their conduits within the fill behind the MSE wall on the east end. The conduits need to be placed at the proper elevation to facilitate their eventual installation within the concrete beams on the south side of the bridge.
FKAA will be completing the final site restoration tasks at Bimini Bridge within the next 30 days.
FKAA’s contractor completed the borings and has pulled the pipe for all three lines at Seaview Drive Bridge. All three pipes passed their pressure testing, and FKAA has applied to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for clearance on the waterline. They anticipate that they will receive clearance in approximately three weeks, at which time they will schedule the tie-in.
FKAA’s contractor completed the boring and is pulling the waterline at Harbour Drive Bridge. The contractor moved the boring equipment to Harbour Drive to perform the sewer and reclaimed water line borings from that side; they anticipate completing the borings and pulling the pipes in the next week or week and a half.
5/6/2022 Update: American Empire Builders (AEB) constructed and installed the rebar cage for the end bent on the east side of the Bimini Bridge. The contractor performed the pile splice for the remaining pile on the west side of the bridge and drove the pile on May 4. The pile did not achieve the specified capacity; therefore, an additional splice must be performed. The contractor will advise on the impact to schedule once information is received from suppliers.
FKAA’s contractor will be performing some site restoration at Bimini Drive Bridge before demobilizing from the site.
FKAA’s contractor completed the borings and has pulled the pipe for all three lines at Seaview Drive Bridge. They mobilized at Harbour Drive Bridge this week to begin the subaqueous boring for the waterline. The sewer and reclaimed water lines will follow. Final tie-ins for the lines at both Seaview and Harbour Drive bridges will be scheduled after installation at Harbour has been completed.
In anticipation of future bridge replacement projects at Harbour and Seaview Drive bridges, Florida Keys Electrical Cooperative has been coordinating with the engineer of record to identify items that will need to be relocated so this work can be performed before the bridge replacement projects.
4/22/2022 Update: American Empire Builders (AEB) completed the excavation of unsuitable material on the west end of the Bimini Drive Bridge in preparation for forming and pouring the concrete footers for the wall on that side of the bridge; approximately 10 truckloads of material were excavated and removed from the site.
Weather permitting, the concrete pile splice on the west end will commence the week of April 25; the contractor is planning to perform the splice on Wednesday, allow for the epoxy to cure, and then drive the remaining pile at the end of the week or early the following week. Upon completion of the pile driving, construction of the wall on the west end of the bridge will begin.
The time needed to design, fabricate, and construct the pile splice has resulted in an extension of the project schedule of two months; the scheduled completion date of the project is April 2023. The contractor will work to reduce the project time where possible.
The contractor has fabricated the rebar and forms to construct the concrete pile cap on the east side of the bridge at an offsite location. The contractor anticipates constructing the pile cap in the next two week.
FKAA’s contractor completed the final tie-in of the underwater line at Bimini Drive Bridge on April 6; the boring sites were backfilled and compacted and a “punch list walkthrough” of the site was performed this week to identify additional site restoration needs.
FKAA’s contractor completed the borings and have pulled the pipe for all three lines at Seaview Drive Bridge; the pipeline contractor will remobilize at Harbour Drive Bridge on May 2 to perform underwater utility installation there. Final tie-ins for the lines will be scheduled.
In anticipation of future bridge replacement projects at Harbour and Seaview Drive bridges, Florida Keys Electrical Cooperative has been coordinating with the engineer of record to identify items that will need to be relocated so that this work can be performed prior to the bridge replacement projects.
4/8/2022 Update: American Empire Builders (AEB) continues with constructing the MSE wall on the east end of the Bimini Bridge. The contractor has been placing the select fill in 6-inch lifts, compacting it, and testing the density of each lift before beginning the next. The concrete pile fill and within 3 feet of the MSE wall panels must be placed by hand and compacted using a small walk-behind compactor per the technical specifications. The work was temporarily halted from April 4-8 to allow FKAA’s contractor to mobilize to the site to complete the final tie-in of the subaqueous waterline. The tie-in is complete, and FKAA’s contractor is performing site restoration.
AEB has been working offsite to fabricate the rebar and prepare the forms for the concrete pile cap that will be constructed at the east end of the Bimini Drive Bridge.
The third pile on the bridge’s west end will require a splice to drive the pile to a deeper depth; the additional length of the concrete pile is being fabricated and is scheduled for delivery to the site on April 22. Once it is onsite, AEB will complete pile installation on the west end of the bridge and continue constructing the MSE wall on the west end.
FKAA’s contractor mobilized to Seaview Drive Bridge to perform the subaqueous installation of the three lines. They completed the boring and pulled the pipe for the forcemain and reclaimed waterlines on the north side of the bridge.
Utility Relocation - FKEC Work Status
For questions, contact: Michael J Roberge, Director of Engineering, Florida Keys Electric Cooperative, Office: 305-852-1034, Cell: 231-675-8500.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) inspectors advised that three interior Duck Key bridges that affect Harbour Island, Plantation Island, and Yacht Club Island need to be replaced.
As of Nov. 18, 2021, there are no longer weight restrictions on any of the Duck Key bridges. Florida Legal loads can cross.
Due to the width and geometry of the strengthened lanes on Harbour and Seaview Drive bridges, there is a restriction for tractor-trailers. This restriction will be lifted when Phase II, reconstruction of the second lane on both bridges, is complete.
Garbage Service Updates
The Bimini Bridge, constructed in 1955, was already scheduled for replacement. County staff accelerated the bidding process for the Bimini Bridge with an estimated contract period to complete the replacement is 18 months. The County approved a strengthening plan for the existing north lane of the Bimini Bridge. This will allow one lane of traffic to cross while the south side of the permanent bridge is being constructed. The strengthened section will allow Florida legal weight limits to cross without a reduced weight load. Bimini Bridge affects Harbour, Plantation, and Yacht Club islands and also connects to the Harbour Drive and Seaview bridges.