Superior Construction Builds Sunlake Boulevard Extension
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (August 15, 2022) — Superior Construction, an American family-owned infrastructure contractor, is constructing the Sunlake Boulevard extension in Pasco County, Florida, for Len-Angeline, LLC.
The 17-month, $39-million project tied to the development of the Angeline master-planned community began in June and will traverse 3.2 miles of greenfield wetlands to create an undivided urban interchange with eight bridges starting 0.6 miles south of SR 52 and extending 0.9 miles south of Ridge Road.
“The Sunlake Boulevard extension is the first step in creating the necessary infrastructure and critical utilities for business entities in the surrounding area, including the forthcoming Moffitt Cancer Center’s Pasco Life Sciences Campus,” said Matt Stuart, Tampa Area Manager at Superior Construction. “The campus will bring a boon of economic development for Pasco County, and we are proud to be taking on a project that will help generate additional jobs for the area.”
The construction of the eight bridges will allow Superior Construction to avoid mitigating the wetlands through which the extension will flow. While the bridges are only five to eight feet off the ground, the geology upon which they are founded is highly variable. Superior is using a unique access road, which consists of a geotextile fabric-wrapped embankment reinforced with geogrid to allow crew and equipment access through the wetlands while minimizing the impact on the sensitive environment.
In addition to the main Sunlake Boulevard extension, Superior Construction is maintaining a network of unpaved access roads around the site for contractors on surrounding area projects to use — including single-family and multifamily housing developments, a new school and the future Moffitt Cancer Center.
“Maintaining these access roads has required a higher level of coordination, but Superior has met this challenge head-on, including resolving navigation issues caused by rain and flooding events,” said Stuart. “This atypical facet of development is crucial for the success of our client and the auxiliary projects the Sunlake Boulevard extension will serve when completed.”
Superior Construction will self-perform the bridge construction, grading, and base rock work, comprising Phase 1 (segments 2 and 3) of the overall project.
Construction is expected to be complete in February of 2023.