In December, the CFX project team reached 5 million hours—more than 10 years—without a lost-time injury or incident. The project operates out of 14 locations, with approximately 70 total lanes running per day. The team of 280-plus employees must maintain operations 24 hours a day, seven days a week—a schedule that requires lane crossings approximately 30 times a day per lane when factoring in shift changes and breaks.
To mitigate the risks of working in close proximately to high-speed traffic, safety training is an ongoing effort. Because of the public-facing nature of the project, applying processes involves heavy reliance on customers.
COVID has provided a challenge to the around-the-clock nature of tolling operations, but the team continues to work through the challenges, thanks to the dedication of the team and effort from project leadership to prioritize worker health. Says Safety Manager Mike Kahn, “It’s taken a lot of hours and a lot of hard work by a lot of people.”
Additionally, the close working relationship with client Central Florida Expressway Authority has greatly contributed to the project’s success. Says Project Manager Jason Hickey, “We’ve been very fortunate to work with such a great client. They’re very understanding and accommodating.” Shimmick’s relationship with CFX now spans 27 years, going all the way back to our Morrison Knudsen days.
Great work to the CFX team for this commendable achievement.