San Juan, Puerto Rico – Global design and engineering firm Stantec has been awarded a $3 million assignment to lead engineering services for infrastructure damage assessments in Puerto Rico. The project was awarded under Stantec’s indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with the Eastern Federal Lands (EFL) Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) involving highway and/or bridge design and engineering services in the eastern United States and territories.
The assignment involves the review of roadways and bridges impacted by Hurricane Maria in the greater Ponce region, which includes the municipalities of Coamo, Jayuya, Juana Diaz, Orocovis, Peñuelas, Ponce, and Villalba. This region includes 84 roadway and 11 bridge sites that have been impacted by the torrential rains and flooding brought about by Hurricane Maria, the Category 4 hurricane that made a direct hit on the island in September 2017.
Stantec, with the support of Puerto Rico-based CSA Architects and Engineers, will assess damages, create Damage Description and Dimensions reports, and develop scopes of work to repair or replace infrastructure while incorporating hazard mitigation measures. The project supports EFL’s goal to restore damaged areas and bring impacted roadways and bridges up to current Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority (PRTHA) standards, while considering opportunities for resilient design where appropriate.
“As this community works to recover from the destruction of Hurricane Maria, these assessments are an essential step in rebuilding and, most importantly, strengthening the region’s transportation network,” said Robert Carballo, Stantec Vice President, US Gulf regional business leader for Transportation. “Our team is proud to support Eastern Federal Lands in delivering a framework to help provide this community with safe and efficient roadways and bridges.”
A diverse team of Stantec experts is supporting this project with expertise in damage assessment, roadway design, hydrology and hydraulics, bridge engineering, archaeology, environmental protection, and water resources engineering.
Stantec brings in-depth experience in the assessment process throughout North America for private, federal, and non-federal entities to help minimize risk and accelerate recovery. In Puerto Rico, the firm provided actionable information immediately following Hurricane Maria that enabled the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prioritization of potable and wastewater services restoration. Now in the recovery phase, Stantec continues to support FEMA’s building sciences and infrastructure recovery missions in Puerto Rico.