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Patrick Muench, P.E.
District Design Engineer

Orlando Headquarters
Turkey Lake Service
Plaza, Milepost 263
Ocoee, FL 34761
407-532-3999

"Assure the quality, safety, and maintainability of the Florida's Turnpike Enterprise System while assisting in the delivery of cost effective and constructable projects."

Disciplines


Turnpike Lighting Reports Outlines

Lighting Design Analysis Report Template


Links to Related Sites

Florida Building Code

Railroad Coordination Information

Contact the Turnpike Rail Coordinator, Deanna Campbell, at (407) 264-3420 for information to obtain a Railroad Safety Certificate and a copy of the local Railroad Roadmaster list.


Notice to those working in and around Railroad Rights of Way:

It is unlawful to be within any Railroad Right of Way, for any field collection activity, without a current Railroad Safety Certificate and notice to the local Railroad Roadmaster. Failure to comply is a criminal offense and could result in arrest, liability for any damage to Railroad property, or worse, loss of life.


Links to Related Sites

FDOT Freight and Multimodal Operations (FMO) Office

Turnpike Specifications Tools

Turnpike Specifications QA/QC Checklist


Links to Related Sites

FDOT Specifications

Documents & Publications


Design Criteria and Standards

Turnpike Design Handbook (TDH)

As part of the Turnpike's continuing quality enhancement effort, the Turnpike Design Handbook (TDH) that includes Parts 1, 2 and 3, and the Turnpike Enterprise Guide Drawings, has been developed to provide consultants, reviewers and management with a single source of additional Turnpike-specific requirements that modify or add to the requirements included in the FDOT Design Manual (FDM).


Turnpike Supplement to the FDOT Structures Manual (posted 01/01/2018)

The Turnpike Supplement to the FDOT Structures Manual provides Turnpike-specific revisions to the FDOT Structures Manual.


Turnpike Supplement to the FDOT Drainage Manual (posted 01/01/2018)

The Turnpike Supplement to the FDOT Drainage Manual provides Turnpike-specific revisions to the FDOT Drainage Manual.

Archived:

General Tolling Requirements (GTR)

The purpose of the General Tolling Requirements (GTR) is to serve as the main source of tolling requirements for various project delivery methods such as Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, and Design-Build-Finance projects.


Turnpike Landscape Brand Guidelines

A list of important criteria that serves as the foundation for creating a unique LANDSCAPE BRAND for all Florida's Turnpike roadways.

Design Sample Documents

Existing Roadway Condition Assessment (ERCAR) Sample Outline (posted 01/01/2018)

ERCAR Sign Inventory Photo Log Guidelines
ERCAR Sign Inventory Photo Log Template

The ERCAR should include the evaluation of all elements against new construction criteria. The sample outline includes the major components that should be evaluated under an ERCAR. It is expected that the designer will modify the outline as appropriate for the project.

Design-Build Projects Reference Documents

Turnpike Design Handbook (TDH)


Guide Drawings

Introduction

Guide Drawings Introduction ( PDF )


Lighting

Lighting Guide Drawings ( PDF | CAD )

Archived:

Lighting Guide Drawings - Archived 01/01/2018 ( PDF )

Lighting Guide Drawings - Archived 10/18/2016 ( PDF )

Lighting Guide Drawings - Archived 06/01/2016 ( PDF )


Roadway

Emergency Crossover Design Guide Drawing ( PDF | CAD )

FC Inside Shoulder Detail ( PDF | CAD )

Maintenance Access Detail ( PDF | CAD )

MOT General Notes ( PDF )

W-Beam Guardrail Installations in Rock and In Mowing Strips ( PDF | CAD )

Archived:

MOT General Notes - Archived 01/01/2018 ( PDF )

W-Beam Guardrail Installations in Rock and In Mowing Strips - Archived 01/01/2018 ( PDF )

MOT General Notes - Archived 03/03/2017 ( PDF )

Maintenance Access Detail - Archived 06/01/2016 ( PDF )

MOT General Notes - Archived 06/01/2016 ( PDF )

MOT General Notes - Archived 10/21/2015 ( PDF )


Structures

Noise Wall Maintenance Access Detail ( PDF | CAD )

Archived:

Noise Wall Maintenance Access Detail - Archived 06/01/2016 ( PDF )


Traffic

Traffic Guide Drawings ( PDF | CAD )

Archived:

Traffic Guide Drawings - Archived 01/01/2018 ( PDF )

Traffic Guide Drawings - Archived 06/16/2017 ( PDF )

Traffic Guide Drawings - Archived 03/03/2017 ( PDF )

Traffic Guide Drawings - Archived 10/18/2016 ( PDF )

Traffic Guide Drawings - Archived 06/01/2016 ( PDF )

Traffic Guide Drawings - Archived 10/21/2015 ( PDF )

Traffic Guide Drawings - Archived 08/29/2014 ( PDF )

FDOT Design Manual (FDM)

General Tolling Requirements (GTR)


Access to the Turnpike General Tolling Requirements (GTR) is subject to a request for Public Records. Please see contact information below to make a Public Records request.
FDOT PUBLIC RECORDS CUSTODIAN: Florida Department of Transportation, Turnpike Enterprise - Office of the General Counsel, MP 263 Bldg. 5315, Ocoee, FL 34761; TP.PRCustodian@dot.state.fl.us; 407-264-3171 - Section 119.12 (Florida Statutes) 2017.
For design consultants under an executed and active Turnpike contract please contact the Turnpike Project Manager.
Current GTR
2016 GTR Volume 1 Addendum No. 1 (3/03/2017)
2016 GTR Volume 2 Addendum No. 1 (3/03/2017)
2016 GTR Volume 1 (7/13/2016)
2016 GTR Volume 2 (7/13/2016)
Archived Editions of GTR
2015 GTR Volume 1 (11/2/2015)
2014 GTR (6/6/2014)
2013 GTR Addendum No. 1 (10/03/2013)
2013 GTR (7/1/2013)

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Are there any special requirements for Turnpike structures?

A: Yes. Structures criteria is found in both the Structures Manual and the FDOT Design Manual (FDM). Please refer to the Turnpike Supplement to the FDOT Structures Manual which addresses modifications/clarification to the requirements in the FDOT Structures Manual. The Turnpike Design Handbook (TDH) addresses modifications/clarifications to the requirements in the FDM.


Q: I have an existing bridge with a minimum vertical clearance between 16'-0" and 16'-6"? I intend to widen the bridge and maintain the existing vertical clearance. Is a Design Variation required?

A: No, this is allowed by FDM Table 260.6.1.


Q: I have an existing bridge with a minimum vertical clearance of 16'-4"? I intend to widen the bridge and reduce the existing vertical clearance to 16'-2". Is this acceptable?

A: No, this is not allowed on Turnpike projects. Please see TDH Section 260.6.


Q: What structures content should be included in an ERCAR?

A: Refer to the ERCAR Sample Outline which contains a detailed list of items to be addressed for structures.


Q: Where do I estimate structures hours for an ERCAR on the standard FDOT staff-hour forms?

A: Since the forms do not address structures ERCAR work, typically a very detailed comment is included on line 9.4 - Misc Common Details. The comment should describe each task with the number of hours required - there may be several tasks to be described. Any 'final design' work associated with the project should be shown on the proper bridge tabs (ex: expansion joint rehab on a medium span bridge should be shown on Tab 13).


Q: Where do I estimate hours for the design and detailing of toll gantries?

A: Please refer to the Turnpike General Tolling Requirements (GTR). Turnpike has created forms for the estimation of the structural design and detailing of gantries. A separate tab should be created for each gantry. The work estimated on these tabs should include the design and detailing effort for the Toll Equipment Structures (Gantries) and Foundations and provide a detailed breakdown of the tasks, sheets and hours in the comments. Totals should roll up to Tab 18 - Other Structures. All other associated gantry tasks should be included on Tab 31 - Architecture.


Q: I have new bridges and sign structures on my project, how do I obtain structure numbers?

A: Structure numbers are assigned by Turnpike Structures Maintenance. Please refer to the Sign Structure Number Assignment Form which should be submitted. The forms also have the contact information for coordination purposes.


Q: Since PDF files are required for submittal documents, is it ok to scan the hard-copy to PDF?

A: No, please print/plot/export to PDF format directly from the software used to create the files whenever possible. Scan hard copies only if absolutely necessary (ex: scan the signed/sealed cover page only, not the entire report). This is done to preserve the clarity of the image, reduce the file size and allow the use of Adobe's 'compare' feature.

Q: What office do we apply to for a Utility permit?

A: Utility Permit Applications should be submitted to the Turnpike Maintenance Office:

(US Postal Service - Regular Mail Only)
P.O. Box 9828
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33310

(UPS, Fed-Ex or Courier)
Florida's Turnpike Enterprise
Turnpike Operations Center
Turnpike Milepost 65
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

(Note: It will show up as undeliverable in the address check systems. This is the correct address.)

Refer to the Turnpike Enterprise Business Permits website for additional contact information:

OR: submitted electronically through the One Stop Permitting System.


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