Poinciana Parkway Design-Build

Connecting an Outlying Community to Metropolitan Business Centers
Kissimmee, Florida

A retirement community founded in the 1960s, Poinciana's population increase over the past two decades caused one of the worst small-city commutes in the country. The 10-mile Poinciana Parkway is the first link to a limited access toll network throughout Osceola County. It's a key northern transportation corridor with access to regional transportation networks; theme parks; and metro Orlando's employment, shopping, and entertainment markets.

3,500

acres of swampland

60+

spans

Originally proposed in the 1990s, parkway development was halted during the recession. Design was made more difficult in later years when Reedy Creek Swamp was reclaimed as a mitigation bank. To adhere to the new environmental requirements, we designed a 6,200-foot reinforced concrete bridge over the mitigation bank with a specially designed arc that allows sunlight to reach ecosystems underneath the superstructure. We advocated for the use of low-pressure, segmented barges during construction and carefully monitored silt barriers to minimally impact the fragile environment.

Client/Owner

Osceola County Expressway Authority

Mileage

10 miles

Cost

$68.8 million

Services

  • Engineering
  • Environmental

Markets

  • Transportation

Regions

  • Southeast