EHC, Inc., a construction company that provides pre-construction, earthwork, and infrastructure services announced three new transportation projects in Southwest Florida—SR 80 East of Labelle, Homestead Road in Lehigh, and SR 84/Davis Boulevard in Collier County. The projects are among the nine projects already kicked off in 2017 for the company. In 2016, EHC launched 12 projects and successfully completed five projects throughout Southwest Florida. Currently, EHC has an impressive 17 active projects and several in the planning stages spanning the real estate and government industries. Many of the projects are multi-million, multi-phased projects.
GROWTH IS STEADY
The site construction company continues to experience steady growth for the real estate and government industries with transportation projects ramping up. As residential and commercial developments are being built, the roads leading to those developments either are being built and/or improved upon.
“While the north/south corridor of Florida has been the focus in recent years, the trend we are witnessing seems to be transitioning to east/west corridors both in our area and across Florida,” says Tony Hamilton, EHC vice president. “As growth is occurring east of 75, the roads and infrastructure is improving to reach those areas. Also, projects such as SR 80 are improving the connection between the east coast and west coast of Florida to provide options and convenience for commuters and businesses.”
EHC’s established relationships and expertise with federal, state, and local municipalities allow the company to be on the forefront of the latest government projects.
AJAX Paving awarded EHC with the nearly 12-mile SR 80 project for the Florida Department of Transportation. The large-scale project widens the last segment of SR 80 between Labelle and Moore Haven from two to four lanes. The project is easterly from Dalton Lane to CR 83 in Hendry County, Florida. EHC is providing 95,000 cubic yards of excavation, over 1 million cubic yards of embankment, 470,000 square yards of Type B stabilization, special detours, 310,000 cubic yards of subsoil excavation, 693,000 square yards of prepared soil layer, 78,000 yards of optional base group 1, 128,000 square yards of optional base group 9, 131,000 square yards optional base group 10, off-site borrow pit excavation, and turnout construction for the project.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, “SR 80 is a vital east/west corridor in southern Florida. It moves essential commerce and industry, including major farm to market products, and serves as a critical highway for business people, seasonal visitors, and local travelers. The Florida Department of Transportation considers the SR 80 corridor a priority and is focused on highway improvements in Hendry and Lee Counties.”
The Homestead Road widening project is with Stevens and Layton for the Lee County Department of Transportation. EHC is providing subgrade and base to widen more than 2 miles of the road from two to four lanes. The new project is adjacent to EHC’s active Mirror Lakes project.
SR 84/DAVIS BOULEVARD
EHC is working with Preferred Materials, an Oldcastle Materials Company, for The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on the widening and median improvements of SR 84/Davis Boulevard in Collier County. The site construction company is providing earthwork including excavation and embankment, Type B stabilization, and optional base groups for the approximately 1-mile project.
I-75 CHARLOTTE AND SARASOTA COUNTIES
In addition to the new projects, EHC is wrapping up a nearly 16-mile I-75 improvement project. The Astaldi Group, one of Italy’s leading general contractors, and among Europe’s top 25 firms in the construction industry, selected EHC for the vast project which is twice as many miles as the previous project. EHC is providing excavation, embankment, finish grading, stabilized subgrade and base, as well as temporary detours and access roads and extensive berm and swale work.
The FDOT reports that the improvements in this project consist of adding lanes and reconstruction, including bridge rehabilitation, milling and resurfacing, widening, base work, shoulder treatment, drainage improvements, curb and gutters, sidewalks, signing and pavement marking, signalization, intelligent transportation system components, and lighting on State Road 93 (I-75) from south of Harborview Road northwesterly to Sumter Boulevard in Charlotte and Sarasota Counties.
Upon completion, EHC will have provided earthwork and infrastructure services nearly 33 miles of Interstate road construction.
The site construction company also completed I-75 improvements in Charlotte County, as well as the widening of Terminal Access Road in Fort Myers in 2016.
I-75 CHARLOTTE COUNTY
AJAX Paving and EHC partnered yet again in Charlotte County for the FDOT. The project expanded travel lanes and widened the shoulders of I-75 for another 8-mile stretch between two of EHC’s prior projects. The combined projects increased travel lanes to six on I-75 from south of State Road 78/Bayshore Road in Lee County to CR 768/Jones-Loop Road in Charlotte County.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, crews added a 12-foot travel lane and a 10-foot shoulder to the inside of existing northbound and southbound I-75. The job also includes resurfacing the existing four lanes, expanding interstate bridges over SR 78/Bayshore Road, constructing emergency stopping sites at the northbound and southbound I-75 exit ramps at the SR 78/Bayshore Road interchange, and adding stormwater retention ponds.
TERMINAL ACCESS ROAD
The Terminal Access Road project was completed “ahead of schedule and with great coordination,” according to the Lee County Port Authority. EHC provided earthwork, subgrade, base, finish grading, and erosion control for the widening of Terminal Access Road to six lanes leading to the Southwest Florida International Airport. The project with Wright Construction included curbing, signage and markings, lighting, landscaping, permitting, and Federal Aviation Administration approvals.
ADAPTING TO CHANGE
Founded by native Southwest Floridians in March of 1990, EHC has grown from one project for one client to the completion of hundreds of projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars for a vast number of municipalities, developers, builders, owners, and general contractors. The company attributes its success to continually finding efficiencies, ability to make quick changes, adapting to change, and above all—its people. EHC prides itself on a reputation of fostering long-lasting relationships and providing valuable services with a professional, reliable, and qualified team. ■
About the Author
Jeff Hunt is an owner and president of EHC, Inc., a construction company that provides pre-construction, earthwork, and infrastructure services. Established in 1990, EHC remains committed to excellence from pre-planning to project completion through the latest technology, proven processes, and an experienced team. For more information, visit www.EHCconstruction.com, contact 239.592.0828, or connect with EHC on LinkedIn.
Modern Contractor Solutions, August 2017
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