On April 29, District Seven’s Lee Royal had the opportunity to represent FDOT at the 2014 American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) black-tie gala awards program and dinner at The Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C. Royal, the district’s Government Liaison Administrator, was on hand with representatives from the Ayres Association engineering firm to accept the National Recognition Award for the Courtney Campbell Multiuse Trail Bridge project in Tampa. The National Recognition Award is a prestigious distinction, honoring projects that demonstrate exceptional achievement in engineering.
Royal was instrumental in securing the funding for the trail project study in the early stages, working with Central Office and local MPO’s to eventually bring the Courtney Campbell Multiuse Trail Bridge to life. “It took a lot of hard work and a collaborative effort from planning, design, and construction,” Royal said. “Everyone has a role.”
So what was it like to attend what is dubbed the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry”? “It was exciting to represent the DOT at a national event,” Royal said. “There were some really innovative projects that were represented, and to be included among them was truly an honor.”
The 5.4 mile long Courtney Campbell Multiuse Trail is currently open in Hillsborough County and features a pedestrian friendly 12-foot wide path and new bridge over Old Tampa Bay with scenic overlooks 45 feet over the channel. Construction started in January 2014 on the Pinellas side of the bay for the remaining 3.5 miles of trail, with a scheduled completion date of Summer 2015. Once completed, the entire length of the trail will be approximately 9 miles with regional connections to other trails on both ends.
The Courtney Campbell Causeway is a designated Florida Scenic Highway.