St. Petersburg, FL - The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is getting a makeover, and WilsonMiller is involved. The Florida design and engineering firm has been awarded a Construction Engineering and Inspection Services (CEI) contract by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

The contract calls for oversight and inspection of construction work involving Skyway Bridge painting and trestle repair, as well as repairs to the Howard Frankland Bridge and Courtney Campbell Causeway. WilsonMiller will provide contract administration, inspection, and materials sampling and testing services under the management of FDOT's Structures and Facilities Office, based in Tampa. It is anticipated that construction on these projects will take place over the next two years.

"We are excited to have been selected for our first CEI contract with FDOT's District 7 and to work with the Department on these important projects in the Tampa Bay area," said Rick Ward, WilsonMiller's Corporate Manager of CEI.

The Tampa Bay area's most recognizable landmark since it opened in 1987, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is 4.1 miles long in total and has the world's longest cable-stayed section of any concrete bridge, measuring 1,200 feet. The vertical clearance is 197 feet at mid-span. It connects St. Petersburg in Pinellas County and Palmetto in Manatee County via Interstate 275 while passing over Tampa Bay in Hillsborough County.

Painting the steel pipes, or cable stays, that support the structure will serve an aesthetic and practical function, enhancing the beauty of the structure while shielding it from corrosion. An interim touch-up project, done some years ago to protect the cables until a full repainting could be completed, left some of the pipes with a two-tone appearance. The new paint job will cover the cable stays with a consistent shade of yellow, while the concrete barrier walls will be refinished in an off-white color.

The Howard Frankland Bridge carries I-275 over the northern portion of Tampa Bay, while the Courtney Campbell Causeway is the northernmost bridge across Old Tampa Bay, connecting Clearwater and Tampa via State Road 60. Repair projects on those two major corridors will increase the service life of the facilities.

WilsonMiller recently completed CEI services for a multi-project contract with FDOT that included two segments of roadway improvements on State Road 684 (Cortez Road) in Manatee County and three design-build bridge deck replacements on I-75 in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties.

ABOUT WILSONMILLER: Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2006, WilsonMiller is a multidisciplinary planning, design and engineering firm with 10 Florida offices from Northwest Florida to its corporate headquarters in Naples. The firm offers a single source of high level, diverse services for land development, infrastructure, transportation, and resource-management projects for public and private clients throughout Florida and beyond. WilsonMiller was ranked 145th on Engineering News Record's 2006 list of the Top 500 Design Firms in the United States. The CEI office in St. Petersburg is located at 3551 42nd Ave. South.

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