Taylor Engineering is providing engineering design and construction-phase services for dune restoration at FPL’s St. Lucie Plant site, which experienced significant erosion of the protective dune along the shoreline due to the passage of Hurricane Sandy during October 2012.
As a subconsultant to Atkins, Taylor Engineering will examine the bridge hydraulics and scour associated with the proposed deepening of the St. Johns River channel at the Dames Point Bridge in Duval County, Florida. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) proposes deepening the St. Johns River channel from the mouth of the St. Johns River to the west of the Dames Point Bridge. Taylor Engineering will base its analysis on the existing bridge plans, the existing bathymetry, the proposed channel template, and the application of RMA2 hydrodynamic models.
The FDEP has approved a $1M cost-sharing (50/50) dune restoration project for Okaloosa Island. The project will include dune plantings, sand fencing, and public access enhancements (post and rope) at existing public access points. Taylor Engineering will provide construction drawings and technical specifications, bid administration assistance, and construction administration, observation, and certification.
A deep layer of organic mud covers the bottom of Lake Apopka near the Winter Garden boat ramp and most of the lake bottom. This mud layer creates shoreline water depths too shallow for boaters to navigate without disturbing the mud layer. Suspended mud sediments cause two undesirable consequences: the presence of malodorous and aesthetically displeasing black plumes of mud, and damage to boat motor cooling systems from mud entrained in outboard engines. As a remedy to the sedimentation problems near the boat ramp, Taylor Engineering will assess the feasibility of four alternatives — dredging only, dredging plus a brush barrier, dredging plus a geotextile barrier, and a sheet pile barrier instead of the geotextile.