Chokoloskee Island, Everglades City, FL
Kelly Brothers replaced the existing bridge to Chokoloskee Island with a new wider structure measuring 225’ long x 52’ wide. KBI worked with Collier County to provide an initial Cost Savings Initiative (CSI) in excess of one million dollars ($1,000,000).The total length of the project including the approach work is 1,100’. The new bridge has two (2) 12’ wide travel lanes with 8’ wide shoulders on each side and a single 8’ sidewalk on the east (bay) side. The existing water main was relocated below the channel by means of directional bore. To protect the public during construction, 640 SF of 20’ long PZ-27 temporary-critical steel sheet piles were installed. As part of the permanent structure an additional 25,429 sq. ft. of 30’ long NZ-26 galvanized steel sheet piles were also installed. Hurricane Irma’s devastating landfall damaged the existing bridge structure to the extent it could no longer be safely transited. Collier County authorized emergency measures; KBI quickly created a special detour in just one day utilizing a portion of the new bridge so Chokoloskee Island residents could safely return to their homes.