Client: FDOT District 1
Location: Southwest Florida

Eisman & Russo

Project Description:

Category 5 Hurricane Ian made landfall near Fort Myers on September 28, 2022. The City of Fort Myers, Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel Island, and Pine Island bore the brunt of Ian’s winds and storm surge which leveled nearly all standing structures and collapsed the Sanibel Causeway and the Pine Island/Matlacha Bridge.

Immediately following the storm passing, E&R was engaged to provide CEI services for 5 Emergency/Recovery Contracts including Pine Island (temporary and permanent repairs), Sanibel Causeway (temporary and permanent repairs), and Roadway Restoration with more than 70 Task Work Orders (TWOs).

Preconstruction work included developing DDIRs, supporting FDOT interaction with FHWA, and developing TWOs. For Pine Island/Matlacha Causeway, the TWO for temporary repairs was issued within 2 days of the storm passing and the contractor mobilized to the site within 3 days of the storm. For the permanent repairs, E&R assisted FDOT in developing a Phased (aka Progressive) Design-Build Scope, RFQ, and TWOs which began at the end of 2022. For Sanibel Causeway, E&R assisted in development of a Phased D-B Scope for temporary and permanent repairs (combined in one contract), RFQ, Advertisement, and initial TWO. The Sanibel RFQ was issued within 3 days of the storm passing, contracts executed within 5 days of the storm, and the contractor mobilized to the site within 6 days of the storm.

With time of the essence in accessing the causeways to get critical emergency assistance to stranded Floridians and visitors, construction and CEI for Pine Island/Matlacha Causeway Emergency Repairs of roadway and bridge approaches restored access to traffic in 3 days and temporary road/bridge repairs for Sanibel restored access within 15 days of mobilizing. E&R is presently providing CEI for Sanibel’s permanent repairs and also CEI for the Roadway Restoration Contract with over 70 current TWOs throughout District 1 ranging from small tasks completed in a week to $1M task taking several months to complete.

Services Provided:


  • Pine Island – Temporary Repairs, Phased D-B
  • Sanibel Causeway – Temporary and Permanent Repairs, Phased D-B; Temporary and Permanent Repairs, D-B


  • Pine Island
  • Periwinkle Way Bridge
  • Sanibel Causeway – Temporary and Permanent Repairs; Temporary Repairs
  • Districtwide Roadway Repairs – Over 70 TWOs

Performance Dates:

September 2022 to Present

Eisman & Russo, Inc.
Consulting Engineers

6455 Powers Avenue
Jacksonville, Florida 32217
Telephone: (904) 733-1478
Fax: (904) 636-8828

Eisman & Russo

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