Florida DOT Points to URS for Pile Problems in Tampa

Chastain, Bill
February 2005
ENR: Engineering News-Record;2/14/2005, Vol. 254 Issue 6, p15
Trade Publication
This article focuses on the Florida Department of Transportation, which has concluded that URS Corp. did not drill test shafts deep enough for the foundations of the $350-million elevated Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. Repair and delay costs due to sinking piers may be over $100 million. URS, the Tampa Hillsborough County Expressway Authority's chief engineering consultant, also designed the foundations. URS's contract mandated that the ground be probed 12 ft. under each support piling and FDOT standards call for depths of 5 to 20 ft. URS and Orlando-based Ardaman & Associates, hired by the authority to investigate why one pier subsided and why another nearby one slipped 1.3 in.


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