ROW Infrastructure Improvement Program

Client: City of Miami Beach
Location: Miami Beach, FL

The City of Miami Beach retained Hazen and Sawyer to function as Program/Construction Manager and act as the City’s agent with regard to all aspects of a $410 million, CMAA award-winning Right of Way Improvement Program. Program elements included citywide water and stormwater improvements, as well a variety of streetscape enhancement projects including landscape, pavement, sidewalk, decorative lighting and target hardscape enhancements.

The City of Miami Beach is a coastal island community and world known tourist destination that has experienced significant growth over the past fifteen years. To this end, the City developed various programs to improve the quality of life of its residents.

Projects replaced approximately fifty-two miles of existing aged infrastructure within narrow, congested, sometimes heavily traveled public right of ways with new 8-inch ductile iron pipe.

Projects replaced approximately fifty-two miles of existing aged infrastructure within narrow, congested, sometimes heavily traveled public right of ways with new 8-inch ductile iron pipe. Improvements required milling and placement of over 1,480,284 square yards of asphalt on existing roadways.

Work included an aggressive below-grade utility identification program, inclusive of utility owner contacts, forensic excavations and otherwise to minimize unforeseen condition utility interruptions and change orders.

Projects included installation of more than 3,390 pedestrian friendly decorative lighting poles, approximately 9,982 trees and palms, and more than 308,440 shrubs throughout the City.

The nine-year program required installation/replacement of more than 76.5 miles of curb and gutter and 1,502,000 square feet of cast-in-place concrete sidewalk.

The program was complicated by significant construction sequencing requirements, limiting construction to less efficient lengths along public corridors, but necessary to preserve on-street parking and access to adjacent residences.

Project Outcomes and Benefits

  • Responsible for overall program schedule, and for the design and construction of 29 planning, design and construction contracts for infrastructure improvements of 13 neighborhoods.
  • Planned and coordinated to minimize the impacts of localized construction on existing traffic patterns and adjacent communities.
  • Completed water, sanitary sewer and stormwater infrastructure improvements with minimal disruption to the local community.
  • Facilitated full transition to the City’s Capital Improvement Projects Office.
  • Improved the aesthetics of the community.

For more information on this project, or to discuss a similar project in your area, contact

Bert Vidal, P.E. at bvidal@hazenandsawyer.com