Thursday, Aug 22, 2019

City Council Awards the Design/Build Contract to the Archer Western and RS&H Team


The City of Port St. Lucie City Council awarded the Design/Build contract to the Archer Western and RS&H team
for the Crosstown Parkway Extension Project, which will provide a new bridge crossing over the North Fork of the
St. Lucie River in the City of Port St. Lucie.

The team of Archer Western (prime contractor) and RS&H (Designer) was ranked first by the City’s Selection
Committee. The team had both the best technical score and the lowest price. The City anticipates executing the
contract with the Design/Build team by mid-July. Final design is expected to be complete in six to eight months with
construction anticipated to start in early 2016. Construction is anticipated to be complete in late 2018 and the
estimated cost of the project is $86.9 million.

The Crosstown Parkway Extension Design/Build Project extends along the existing West Virginia Drive, crossing
over the North Fork of the St. Lucie River and connecting to U.S. 1 at Village Green Drive. The project is
approximately two miles in length with the bridge being approximately 4,000 feet long. The six-lane divided
highway and bridge will serve as a multi-modal transportation alternative to include accommodations for
automobile, bicycle, pedestrian and public transit. Design/Build projects are an innovative contracting method
that combines two project phases, construction and design, resulting in improved risk management as well as cost
and time savings.

Archer Western, based in Tampa, FL, has extensive local experience having served as the contractor on several
significant Treasure Coast projects including the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Palm City and the Jensen Beach
Causeway. Archer Western’s other bridge projects in Florida include the Sisters Creek Bridge and the I-95 Overland
Bridge in Jacksonville. Established in 1983 in Miami, Archer Western is a subsidiary of The Walsh Group, a 117-
year-old, family-owned business, currently ranked by Engineering News-Record as the largest bridge builder in
the United States.

RS&H partnered successfully with Archer Western on Veterans Memorial Bridge, Sisters Creek Bridge, and I-95
Overland Bridge Design/Build projects, and will serve as the lead engineering firm working closely with Archer
Western to complete the design of the Crosstown Parkway Extension project. Headquartered in Jacksonville since
1941, RS&H maintains several offices across the state, including in Fort Lauderdale. RS&H is consistently ranked
among the nation’s top 100 design firms and was named 2013 Design Firm of the Year by ENR Southeast.

For more information regarding the Crosstown Extension website or the project, please contact Beth Zsoka,
project public information officer by email at or phone at 772-871-5176 or Jennifer
Newell, city public information officer at or 772-873-6326.

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