Chastain-Skillman (CS) was retained by Hardee County to provide planning, engineering design, permitting, and construction engineering and inspection services for roadway and drainage improvements for 3,800 feet of Main Street in downtown Wauchula.
The project included milling and resurfacing of the existing roadway and construction of a new stormwater drainage system, sidewalks, and pedestrian crossings. The project was fully funded through the FDOT SCOP program. Permits were obtained was from FDOT District and the SWFWMD.
The primary project goals were to upgrade the existing drainage system to eliminate the recurrent flooding of the roadway, stores and restaurants and replace the existing roadway asphalt. CS conducted a detailed flood study, including regional H&H modeling to evaluate existing condition flood protection level of service and develop three (3) improvement concepts. CS proceeded with design and permitting of the selected improvement concept which resolved flooding without purchasing land for an attenuation pond.
Project design was complicated by the fact that the project runs through historic Downtown Wauchula. Great care was used to identify existing infrastructure/ utilities and limit impacts to businesses located along the project corridor.
CS design process included preliminary design, 30%, 60%, 90% and 100% submittals for review and approval. After final plan review by the FDOT, an NTP was issued to proceed with construction. During project construction, CS provided Construction Engineering Inspection (CEI) services on a full time basis.