Study will assess trends and outlook for freight and logistics in South Florida
MIAMI (Dec. 7, 2022) – HNTB has been awarded a five-year contract by the Florida Department of Transportation District 6 to complete a study and develop a comprehensive plan to enhance the capacity and efficiency of moving freight in and around Miami-Dade County consistent with work previously completed in Monroe County. The freight plan will be informed by the 24-month study assessing trends and the outlook for freight in Southeast Florida.
The objective of the freight plan is to identify infrastructure improvements that will benefit short- and long-term freight mobility across District 6, including sufficient access to private freight facilities across all modes. HNTB is the prime consultant on this contract, with Quest, CTS Engineering and Metro Analytics serving as subconsultants. The scope of work for the team includes planning activities, public involvement support, traffic/modeling support, concept development and project prioritization.
“This freight study and plan development contract is a unique arrangement in that we will be engaging our final designers as part of our planning team,” said HNTB project manager Jessica Dean. “Recommendations from this study will have undergone analysis needed to more accurately define the scope requirements for a Project Development and Environment study or preliminary design. This allows our recommended improvements to be quickly implemented and effectively respond to the needs of the market and industry.”
HNTB is a leading firm in the growing freight and logistics planning and implementation field. Most recently, the firm was selected by the Tennessee Department of Transportation to provide engineering and design services for its freight and logistics division. “Optimizing and maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of a state’s freight and logistics planning and capacity has a direct and positive effect on the overall economic competitiveness of a region.” said Paula Dowell, HNTB’s freight national practice consultant.
Work for HNTB under this contract is planned to begin by the end of 2022 and will be delivered over the following five years.