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Improving the Nation’s Infrastructure: Space Florida’s Grant to Rebuild Kennedy Space Center Bridge


Improving the Nation’s Infrastructure: Space Florida’s Grant to Rebuild Kennedy Space Center Bridge

In cities and states across the United States, fixing the country’s infrastructure has become a top priority. Many government officials, including the President, have taken action to begin work on large projects to rebuild roadways, bridges, tunnels and many other structures that are in dire need of repair. To help rebuild transportation infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced in 2018, that $855.9 million in grants will be awarded through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program. At the time of the announcement, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao stated that “INFRA discretionary grants support the Administration’s commitment to fixing our nation’s infrastructure by creating opportunities for all levels of government and the private sector to fund infrastructure, using innovative approaches to improve the processes for building significant projects, and increasing accountability for the projects that are built.”[i]

The grant program will enhance transportation safety and stimulate economic growth by helping to improve major highways, bridges, ports and railroads. The large project grants must be valued at a minimum of$25 million, while smaller projects must be valued at a minimum of $5 million.[i]

Space Florida Grant

The INFRA program has awarded 20 grants for both large and small projects across the country. In July, the USDOT awarded a $90 million grant to Space Florida to fund their proposal to replace the Cape Canaveral Spaceport Indian River Bridge.[ii] As the main route to the Kennedy Space Center and its accompanying visitor complex, as well as Space Florida and its exploration park, the crumbling 55-year old draw bridge will be replaced with twin high-level bridges that will allow for safer passage of heavy freight that transports machinery, materials and heavy pay loads of space equipment.[iii]

The project will also encompass widening Space Commerce Way and making repairs to NASA Parkway West, as well as adding fiber-optic cables, CCTVs, dynamic messaging, Blue Tooth travel time, microwave vehicle detection, sensor bridge security systems and load monitoring systems.[ii]  

Since alternate routes to Kennedy Space center are about ten miles out of the way, replacing the bridge is priority, as it sees high traffic by both visitors to the space center and the oversized vehicles that must navigate to the launch site. The project will take five years to complete and the USDOT will cover 60% of the costs, while NASA, Space Florida and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will cover the remainder, including the cost of the demolition and construction of the new twin bridges.[iv]

Working with Florida and the Federal Government

There are many players involved on this one project from both federal and state government agencies. If any vendor is interested in finding opportunities for this project or working with the agencies they must first be registered to do so. For any federal government projects, a business must obtain a DUNS number and register with SAM - System for Award Management. (This would be required to pursue any bid opportunities through the USDOT or NASA.) For any bid opportunities found through the FDOT, vendors must register with the state of Florida through the MyFloridaMarketPlace portal. They can also sign up to receive bid notifications through the portal. For any construction services opportunities that the FDOT posts, vendors can find advertisements and qualification information at the Office of Contracts Administration.[v]

Finding More Infrastructure Bidding Opportunities

Trying to find bid opportunities for all levels of government can be an overwhelming task, and using a bid intelligence service is a great solution for any company big or small. BidNet members receive bid notifications on targeted bid opportunities, advance notices and award information on a daily basis, in addition to having access to tools and resources to help manage bids and to guide any vendor on their bidding journey. Whether you want to bid just in the state of Florida or nationwide, BidNet can help you find just the right bid for your business.

Danielle Calamaras | BidNet.com

 

[i] 2019. U.S. Department of Transportation. Build America Bureau. “U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces Major Infrastructure Investment in America.” 7 Nov. 2019

[ii] D. Berman. 2019. Chamber of Commerce Titusville, FL. “$90 Million Federal Grant Approved to Replace Aging Bridge to Kennedy Space Center.” 7 Nov. 2019

[iii] S. Powers. 2019. “Space Florida Seeking to Replace Bridge to Cape Canaveral.” 7 Nov. 2019

[iv] B. Byrne. 2019. 90.7 WMFE. Space Florida Replacing Aging NASA Bridge. 7 Nov. 2019

[v] Florida Department of Transportation. Procurement Office. Doing Business with FDOT 11 Nov. 2019

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