FDOT announces 2024 Best in Construction Award winners for outstanding transportation projects


Florida Construction News staff writer

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has announced the 2024 Best in Construction Award recipients. Awards are presented annually in collaboration with the Florida Transportation Builders’ Association (FTBA) to recognize contributions of construction contractors.

“With our state experiencing record growth year after year, Florida’s transportation industry has taken on the challenge of meeting the increasingly complex needs of our communities through innovative engineering solutions and intentional collaboration with partners, resulting in major successes in every corner of the state,” said FDOT Secretary Jared Perdue, P.E. “The 2024 Best in Construction Awards demonstrate the remarkable professionals who are going above and beyond to deliver the robust transportation network that so many of us depend on.

“FDOT is grateful for their continued partnership and dedication to excellence that allow us to carry out this critical work each day.”

The FDOT State Construction Office convenes a panel each year to carefully assess the nominated projects, which are evaluated based on a comprehensive set of criteria to identify top-tier projects and contractors who have truly excelled.

“Each year, FTBA is proud to partner with FDOT to recognize the companies and individuals who are doing exceptional work, day in and day out, on the most innovative, complex and impactful transportation projects happening across our great state,” said FTBA President Ananth Prasad. “This year’s recipients have shown a commitment to upholding the highest standards as they work diligently to improve and expand the state’s infrastructure system for the benefit of all Florida’s road users, now and for many years to come.”

The following award categories and partners will be recognized at the 2024 FTBA Annual Convention in August on Marco Island:

Alternative Contracting: PCS Civil, Inc.  

  • widening S.R. 50 (Cortez Boulevard) between Windmere Road to the east of Kettering Road and U.S. 98 to the east of U.S. 301 in Hernando County as well as resurfacing improvements.

Bridge: Superior Construction Company Southeast, LLC.  

  • bridge replacement work on S.R. 687 (4th Street Bridge) between I-275 and 119th Avenue in Pinellas County.

Community Awareness: Weekley Asphalt Paving, Inc.

  • R. 922 (NE 125th Street) from NE 5th Avenue to NE 7th Avenue in Miami-Dade County, including intersection improvements, pedestrian ramp enhancements, signage installation, and resurfacing activities.

Design-Build: PRINCE Contracting, LLC. 

  • I-95 corridors from south of Glades Road to south of Linton Boulevard in Palm Beach County.

Interchange: Halley Engineering Contractors, Inc.

  • Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise Mainline (S.R. 821) from S.R. 836 (Dolphin Expressway) to NW 106th Street in Miami-Dade County. This project widened and reconstructed the mainline and enhanced several interchanges.

Interstate: PRINCE Contracting, LLC.

  • I-95 corridors from south of Glades Road to south of Linton Boulevard in Palm Beach County.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS): SICE, Inc.  

  • testing Connected Vehicle Deployment ITS Communication Systems on S.R. 91 from the Orlando South Interchange to the S.R. 408 Interchange and along S.R. 528 (Beachline Expressway) from I-4 to McCoy Road/Jetport Drive in Orange County.

Local Agency Program (LAP): Watson Construction Company, LLC.

  • SW 62nd Boulevard from SW 43rd Street to SW 20th Avenue in Alachua County. The scope of the project included extension and construction.

Major Bridge: Halley Engineering Contractors, Inc.

  • Florida’s Turnpike Mainline (S.R. 821) from S.R. 836 (Dolphin Expressway) to NW 106th Street in Miami-Dade County. This project widened and reconstructed the mainline and enhanced several interchanges.

Maintenance of Traffic (MOT): Asphalt Group Inc.

  • R. 112/I-195/Julia Tuttle Causeway from east of S.R. 5/Biscayne Boulevard to S.R. 907/Alton Road in Miami-Dade County. The project improved inside shoulders to accommodate Bus-On-Shoulder (BOS) operations during congested times.

Partnering: Ranger Construction Industries, Inc.

  • R. 50 from Hernando/Sumter County line to east of C.R. 478A project in Sumter County, including widening the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane configuration, significantly increasing capacity and improving traffic flow.

Rural: Anderson Columbia Co., Inc.

  • widening seven miles of S.R. 20 from two lanes to four lanes between the Alachua County line and SW 56th Avenue in Putnam County.

Special Significance: General Asphalt Company, LLC.

  • raising the roadway section for two of the 10 miles of construction on U.S. 1/Overseas Highway between mile marks 70 and 80 in Monroe County.

Urban: J.B. Coxwell Contracting, Inc.

  • R. 202 (J. Turner Boulevard) and Kernan Boulevard in Duval County, including full reconstruction, widening, milling, and resurfacing.

Utility Coordination/Damage Prevention: Lead Engineering Contractors, LLC.

  • key roadway and safety improvements on S.R. 90/U.S. 41/SW 8th Street in Miami-Dade County


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