BESH Project in the News!


Marion County held a ribbon cutting to kick off the official opening of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Greenway Trail Santos and Land Bridge phases.  Pictured to the far right with scissors in hand is Duane Booth, P.E. Principal/President of BESH.  He is the Engineer of Record for the Land Bridge Phase and BESH was the Prime Consultant for this project.

BESH’s scope of responsibility included survey, design, permitting, construction administration and quality control. The project  began construction the third week in April, 2017. Design elements include a tunnel design under CR 484, a temporary bypass road CR 484, coordination with all environmental issues (gopher tortoises, sand skinks, scrub jays, etc.), utilizing the existing lime rock road for the trail, where feasible to maintain cost control, and addressing safety issues at trail crossings with proper signage and flush curbs.

The Santos and Land Bridge phases are two of seventeen trail sections forming the Cross Florida Greenway. The Greenway crosses Florida from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. John’s River with more than 300 miles of trail for biking, walking and other non-motorized transportation.

“This is a tremendous economic driver,” said Eric Draper, Director of the Florida Park Services. “People will come from all over the state to Marion County to enjoy this trail.”

The folks that were gathered to ride the trail were more enthralled, however, with the beauty and layout of the trail and were enthusiastic to have such a wonderful, local amenity to enjoy for years to come.

Below are a few links regarding the ribbon cutting and the project.

Long-term Employee Recognition

These two amazing women have worked for the BESH partners for 20 and 22 years respectively! Thank you for your dedication and hard work Amy and Stacey! We count on you every day!

BESH is in the Spotlight!

The Lake County Roundabout Project at CR 561 and CR 455 wins the 2016 FACERS Award

December 2, 2016 – The Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents (FACERS) awarded Lake County Public Works, and their collaborative team, the recipients of the 2016 State and Local Collaboration Project of the Year.  The award ceremony was held at the Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace.

The team consisted of the Lake County Public Works Department, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Booth, Ern, Straughan & Hiott, Inc. (BESH), and HDR Inc.

BESH was the Engineer of Record and handled the survey, permitting, roundabout design and project management.  This project was funded through a Federal Safety Grant and Local Agency Project (LAP) program.

Prior to the roundabout, the intersection had a 61% higher crash rate than the Florida state average.  Since it opened in June of 2015 there have been no reported accidents.

The roundabout project has been so successful that it is being referenced by FDOT District V to other agencies considering roundabouts in rural areas.

Pictured (left to right) is Jim Stivender, Lake County Public Works; Tony Nosse, FDOT District V Safety; Richard Atta-Armah, HDR; Brad Bublitz, Lead Engineer, BESH; Wendy Breeden, Lake County Commissioner; Welton Caldwell, Former Lake County Commissioner; Fred Schneider, Lake County Public Works.

Not pictured but recognized for their participation in the project are: Lori Koontz, Bill White, Alan Kirkland, Terry Scott, Lake County Public Works; Steve Ferrell, Jamie Kreminski, HDR Inc.; TJ Fish, Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (LSMPO); J. Malaver, J Malever Construction.

FACERS 12-02-2016