Orange County is looking for a construction firm to lead the installation of new traffic calming devices, part of a growing commitment locally to reduce one of the highest pedestrian death rates in the country, according to an Invitation for Bids (IFB) issued last week.
The scope of work involves construction of traffic calming devices as part of the Traffic Engineering Division Traffic Calming Program. That includes construction of concrete curbs, traffic calming islands, speed humps, speed tables, colored textured pavement, colored concrete, pedestrian ramps and landscaping materials.
The contractor must include a quality control plan for the contracted work, and a traffic maintenance plan for any work done within the right of way.
The Orlando metropolitan area, which includes Kissimmee and Sanford, ranked as the third most dangerous metro area in the United States for pedestrians in a 2016 annual report by Smart Growth America.
The rate of pedestrian deaths in Central Florida has risen steadily in the past four years, with smartphone fixation by both motorists and pedestrians partly to blame, an official with MetroPlan Orlando told the Orlando Sentinel in March.
A separate Orange County contract is forecast to go out for bid sometime between now and June for a pedestrian safety design plan at UCF.
Applications for ITB no. Y18-1067-EB are due by May 15 to the county's Procurement Division. Full documents for the contract opportunity can be found through Orange County's Bid Openings webpage.