GS&P Announces Completion of Forest Highway 13 Slope Stabilization

Improvements Provide Safer Travel Through the Apalachicola National Forest

July 11, 2017   |   Tallahassee,  Fla.   |   Projects

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces the completion of slope stabilization improvements along Forest Highway 13 (C.R. 368), a critical East-West connector within the Apalachicola National Forest that links Florida’s Liberty and Wakulla counties. GS&P provided the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the United States Department of Agriculture National Forest Service with roadway design, environmental assessment and structural engineering services for the project.

“Our team enjoyed working with the United States Department of Agriculture National Forest Service to reduce disruptions to the Apalachicola National Forest when we developed our design solution,” commented Tyler Strickland, P.E., Florida state transportation leader, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “We hope that the slope stabilization and drainage improvements we implemented will provide safer conditions for residents and visitors travelling through the national forest.”

Three bridges along Forest Highway 13 provide passage over various bodies of water. The segments of roadway in between the bridges have a history of severe flooding, causing safety issues for travelers during rainy seasons. To improve overall drainage, the project team designed side slopes covered with geofabric to reduce erosion, installed a new guardrail with a shoulder gutter and upgraded bridge connections and created rip-rap lined ditches.

Due to the sensitive nature of the land and wildlife within the Apalachicola National Forest, GS&P coordinated with biologists, environmental scientists and archaeologists from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to minimize impact on animal habitats and local plants during the construction process. The team also worked with the Apalachicola National Forest staff to identify a borrow pit within the forest to use for the shoulder reconstruction to eliminate the threat of invasive species.

GS&P has been responsible for the planning and design of numerous roadway projects in northwest Florida. GS&P’s Transportation professionals deliver comprehensive planning, design, environmental, architectural and construction phase services for highway, transit, aviation and rail facilities throughout the Southeast. The staff of engineers, planners and scientists capitalize on the firm’s diverse blend of markets and disciplines to offer a truly integrated and sustainable approach that considers all perspectives and offers practical, forward-thinking solutions. 

“Our team enjoyed working with the United States Department of Agriculture National Forest Service to reduce disruptions to the Apalachicola National Forest when we developed our design solution. We hope that the slope stabilization and drainage improvements we implemented will provide safer conditions for residents and visitors travelling through the national forest.”

Tyler Strickland, P.E., Florida state transportation leader, GS&P
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