Orlando seeks engineers for road widening & realignment near North I-Drive

The city of Orlando wants to hire a professional engineering service to lead its planned widening and realignment of Grand National Drive and Greenbriar Parkway in the tourism corridor, according to a Request for Qualification Statements (RQS) issued on Monday.

Part of the I-4 Ultimate project, the widening and interconnection plans begin at N. Oak Ridge Road and end at Sand Lake Road, an approximate overall distance of 8,400 feet. 

The widening of existing cross sections of Grand National Drive and Greenbriar Parkway is meant to facilitate traffic associated with the managed lanes to be created by I-4 Ultimate. 

This project will include a multi-use off-road trail paralleling the final road, streetscape and pedestrian paths that are part of the city's International Drive Area Special Plan and its policy on "complete streets." 

Placing all exposed utilities underground, stormwater ponds if needed, themed street lighting and options for bus circulator infrastructure are extra features that may be expected for this design work.

The project's design, to be conducted all at once, will later be divided into two phases for construction, with the first extending from the southern edge of construction of the Grand National Drive flyover at I-4 down to Carrier Drive, approximately 5,000 feet long.

Phase 2 (3,400 feet) will extend from Carrier Drive to Sand lake Road, and includes realignment of Greenbriar Parkway with Grand National at Carrier Drive, to form a four-legged controlled intersection that is signalized or a roundabout.

The chosen engineering consultant must be FDOT pre-qualified at time of submission, and be familiar with the Plans Preparation Manual and the Local Agency Program Manual. 

The engineering firm will be expected, among other tasks, to manage the project for the city, compile a record plan of existing features within the right-of-way, prepare a concept plan and renderings for presentation, forecast the impact of these changes on traffic in the International Drive corridor and surrounding roadways, generate a design development plan, and later provide all required engineering and construction documents. 

Applications are due Nov. 2 by 2 p.m. to the city's Procurement and Contracts Division. 

Full documents for RQS no. 18-0008 can be found through the city's Procurement Division webpage. 

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