Cone & Graham Inc. (C&G) in association with KCA was selected by FDOT District Seven to provide all aspects of the creation of the SR 56 Extension from Meadow Pointe Boulevard to US 301 in Pasco County. KCA designed a four-lane divided highway along new alignment. KCA designed the four-lane divided compatible with the ultimate six-lane section and centered in a 250-foot right-of-way (R/W) corridor. All ponds were designed and constructed to accommodate the ultimate six-lane typical section with frontage roads. The project also includes three new signalized intersections at Meadow Pointe Boulevard, Morris Bridge Road, and US 301.
KCA scientists were responsible for ecological assessment, wetland delineation, and environmental permitting. Our water resource engineering team developed a stormwater management and conveyance system for the new 6.1-mile roadway. Specific tasks included the assessment of the project area for the presence of federal and/or state listed protected species, determination of wetland jurisdictional boundaries and wetland function using UMAM. Wetland impacts exceeded 40 acres and the project required species specific surveys and assessment of impacts for multiple federal and state listed species. Additional tasks included obtaining USACE 404 dredge and fill permit, FDEP NPDES permit, and SWFWMD ERP. The project also included obtaining a FWC gopher tortoise relocation permit to excavate more than 150 gopher tortoise burrows.
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