Project Info:

Location: Tampa, Florida

Role: Prime

Owner: Florida Department of Transportation

Client: Florida Department of Transportation

Construction Cost: N/A


  • Interstate Design
  • Toll Facility Planning/Design
  • Alternatives Development and Analysis
  • Interchange Modification/Justification Report Development
  • Traffic/Transportation Analysis
  • Interchange Design
  • Visualization
  • Video Simulation
  • Intelligent Transportation System Planning/Design
  • Signing Design
  • Design Exception Request/Approval
  • Cost Estimate Development


As part of a five‐year, $5 million continuing services contract (CSC) with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7, Lochner provided general support services for the Tampa Bay Next (TBNext) program. This program focused on modernizing transportation infrastructure and creating a sustainable and comprehensive regional transportation system that balances regional needs with community concerns. Lochner’s services included the analysis and development of additional express lanes along I‐275, I‐75, and I‐4 as well as a tolling plan. For the tolling plan, Lochner coordinated with District 7 and the Florida Turnpike Enterprise staff on the conceptual design and location of access points and toll gantries, the development of destination signing, and project segmentation to allow a phased implementation.

To identify potential staging areas and incident investigation sites for the tolling plan, Lochner worked with District 7 staff and first responders such as the Florida Highway Patrol and fire departments. Lochner attended and presented project information and graphics at traffic incident management meetings and coordinated regularly with staff performing the traffic and revenue (T&R) study and the regional concept of transportation operations (RCTO) plan. Deliverables include lane line diagrams, conceptual toll gantry site plans, and master signing plans with general use and express lane signing for all TBNext sections.

Lochner provided visualization support to assist with public involvement and engagement. Deliverables included fly‐through videos, static renderings, and construction phasing animations to help illustrate the project for the community. Lochner was also responsible for coordinating the annual work program update for the entire $6 billion TBNext program, reviewing all long‐range construction cost estimates (LREs) and participating in cost and schedule risk workshops. Additionally, Lochner also prepared operations and maintenance (O&M) reports, renewal and replacement (R&R) estimates, and financial feasibility analysis.