FlaDOT cashes in on Oldcastle Precast’s competitive toll conversion solution

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Florida DOT enlisted Oldcastle Precast as a key player in the upgrade to All Electronic Toll model, anchored by high-speed gantries at ramp locations to support the new toll collection equipment. Separate contracts entailed removal of legacy toll booths and structures; toll plaza building modifications; plus, roadway improvements, grading, drainage and new signage.

The Oldcastle Precast plant in Newnan, Ga., provided 50-plus turnkey toll equipment shelters for the Florida Department of Transportation’s expressway toll conversion projects. The agency plans to shift all mainline plazas to All Electronic Toll—AET, a no-cash tolling gantry system—along state expressways.

As a single-source vendor, Oldcastle Precast offered a turnkey concrete solution for the AET equipment shelters that house the toll gantry equipment at each reconfigured toll point located between interchanges. The producer fabricated and fully outfitted the toll equipment shelters with all specified equipment. The finished structures, 21- x 12.5- x 11-ft., were shipped, installed, and made fully functional at each toll interchange site.

Turnkey work included insulated, bullet resistant and textured exterior walls with 155-mph wind impact rating, heavy-duty steel doors and hardware, plus specified electric power and HVAC system installation. In tandem with the Newnan contract, Oldcastle Precast’s Stone Mountain, Ga., plant provided ConVault above ground fuel storage tanks for several of the FDOT gantry toll shelter sites.