The project is well under way. Utilities have been relocated, fishing piers have been demolished and the barges are in place to begin bridge construction. As April approaches crews will begin road work from Buttonwood Drive to the bridge. Traffic onto the bridge will be diverted to two new northbound lands while work on the roadway and bridge in that area will be progressing.
FIGG/Johnson Bros. are the guys we are depending on for quality, for ease of transition and to get the job done on time. Over-seeing the project is Steven Strohm, P.E., Johnson Bros. Vice President whose offices on Marco are located at the Chamber of Commerce Plaza.
From the resume of Johnson Bros. andtheir on-going projects, it would seem that the right guys are handling the challenge. Recent awards. include “ABC Excellence in Construction – Project of the Year – Civil,” “FDOT Best in Construction – Major Bridge,” and for the construction of Florida’s Treasure Island Bascule Bridge they received honors from the Road and Bridge Magazine for “Top Ten Bridges.”
Johnson Bros. operating philosophy is “the testament of the 3R’s: Respect for Self, Respect for Others, Responsibility for your Actions.” Their goal is: “To be the most profitable and sought after employee owned construction services firm in the Western Hemisphere by 2025.”
Adding capacity to the Jolley Bridge has been a priority for Marco Island, Collier County and the Florida Department of Transportation. Federal transportation stimulus dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is funding $25.5 million dollars towards this project. Construction is to be completed by the end of 2011.