Intracoastal Waterway Crossings at Las Olas Boulevard Receives Florida Region DBIA Award

The major scope of work included construction of 1,220 feet of 20-inch diameter water main crossing of the ICW, using high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe installed via horizontal directional drilling (HDD) at a depth of about 60 feet below water surface and construction of 1,220 feet of 16-inch diameter force main crossing of the ICW, using high-density polyethylene pipe installed via HDD at a depth of about 60 feet below water surface.

Divers preparing for benthic survey of the Intracoastal Waterway south of Las Olas Bridge.

Geotechnical engineer collecting rock cores in Intracoastal Waterway.

Directional drilling from Las Olas Boulevard Marina.

HDPE pipe welding machine at Merle Fogg Park.

(HOLLYWOOD, FL – September 18, 2017) – The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) Crossings at Las Olas Boulevard was named Best Overall in the Water/Wastewater Category for the 2017 Florida Region Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Awards.

The purpose of this $3.1 million project was to deepen a critical 20-inch water main crossing of the ICW along with adding a new 16-inch sewage force main to enhance system reliability. The impetus of this project was a Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) plan to deepen the ICW navigation channel from 10 to 17 feet below the water surface to stimulate economic development of the region’s marine industry.

The successful completion of the project allowed the City of Fort Lauderdale to meet FIND’s deadline for lowering this critical water main in advance of FIND’s dredging. The addition of redundancy in the sewer force main network will also support economic development for many years to come.

The design-build delivery enabled successful project execution on a very tight schedule, with the design-build team retained in July 2016 and the new water main placed in service in November 2016.

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