Utility Contractor

JUL-AUG 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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30 Utility Contractor | July/August 2018 [EDITOR'S NOTE: In each issue, Utility Contractor will profile NUCA's Top Job winners. These projects present the association's best and most innovative work that keep our country's utility networks operating at peak performance. To nominate your project for Top Jobs, visit: nuca.com/ topjobs] 2017 Excavation/Site Development Winner O n Sept. 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma crashed into the Florida coast as a Category 4 storm, causing exten- sive damage from high winds and flooding due to storm surges and heavy rainfall. Wind speeds sur- passed 175 mph, the highest seen in the state since Hurricane Wilma in 2005. All told, damages were estimated at more than $50 billion, making Irma one of the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history. Among the damage was a driveway culvert in Indiantown, a town of 6,000 residents located on the Treasure Coast be- tween Lake Okeechobee and the Atlantic Ocean in southern Florida. The culvert had completely washed away as a result of flood waters, eliminating the main entrance to 583 homes as well as the Indianwood Golf & Country Club, leaving an 8-ft hole, 25-ft wide, where the roadway used to stand. On Sept. 19, 2017, a little more than a week after Irma made landfall in Florida, Johnson-Davis Inc. of Fort Pierce, Florida, was awarded an emergency contract – the SR-710 Indianwood Washout Repair – by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to repair the culvert, which was located just off SR-710, also known as the Beeline Highway. The scope of work consisted of removing all rubble, dirt, asphalt, and damaged driveway that was washed away in the canal as a result of the storm; re-grade the canal banks, re- build the 60-in. diameter corrugated metal pipe (CMP) pipe culvert (~120 ft long) with two new mitered end sections, re- build the asphalt driveway, and re-install guardrail, sidewalk, and pedestrian handrail. Due to its successful and speedy completion despite nu- merous challenges, the SR-710 Indianwood Washout Repair project was recognized by NUCA as the 2017 Top Job winner in the Excavation/Site Development category. Challenges Abound Due to such a catastrophic event, Johnson-Davis Inc. was awarded an emergency contract by FDOT on Sept. 19 to per- form the repair. All of the work needed to be done within 56 calendar days of Notice to Proceed under FDOT's emer- gency contract, which was to be funded in part by the Fed- eral Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Johnson-Davis mobilized on Oct. 9 and completed its portion of the work within 15 days under challenging conditions. Throughout those 15 days, Johnson-Davis foreman Rob Earnest and his crew were fighting subsequent rain events, tropical storms, and typical Florida rainy days while trying to install the 60-in. CMP pipe. The crew had to bypass the SR-710 Indianwood Washout Repair

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