Weiler Engineering Corporation (WEC) was tasked with maximizing grant funding provided by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for improvements to Fletcher Street. Fletcher Street is a County Road which connects Hillsborough Avenue and US 17. It receives local traffic and heavy agricultural truck traffic and is also used as connection from US 17 to State Road 70 bypassing the downtown of the City of Arcadia.
The project involved engineering design, modeling and permitting for both roadway and drainage improvements. Roadway improvements included pavement evaluation and design, clear zone analysis, resolving numerous areas of damage by vehicles leaving the pavement surface, replacing driveways and geometric adjustments at intersections.
The drainage design was intensive. In addition to the replacement of cross drains and side drain replacement at County roads and private driveway, the road currently has ditches with steep dropoffs within the clear zone. WEC recognized that ditch piping could not be completed with the current budget and designed the projects in two manners. One alternative leaving the ditched in place maximizing available funding with out going over and a second where the ditches were piped with the intent of applying for additional funding. The second alternative involved large structures and changes in pipe quantities and diameters.
The project required permitting through SWFWMD and the FDOT do to the drainage connections at the State ROW. SWFMWD was primarily concerned that improvements wouldn’t have adverse impacts (increase flood elevations) downstream. FDOT was primarily concerned that the projected wouldn’t have adverse impacts upstream where water could back up with the state ROW. Detailed drainage modeling of the Joshua Creek watershed in the area was required. This was a regional effort involving areas far outside of the project limits. Permits were successfully obtained from both agencies.
WEC worked closely with the FDOT and provided a compelling case for additional funding. FDOT agreed to provide the additional funding in the amount of $200,000 so the project could be completed with the high cost option and project is currently in the construction phase inclusive of all the desired improvements.