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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 Rail and Motor Carrier Operations Office

Turnpike Roadway Design Tools and Sample Documents

KMZ Deliverable Standards (posted 8/16/2016)

Sample Typical Section Package Signature Page ( PDF | CAD ) (posted 4/18/2016)

Typical Section Package Checklist (posted 6/27/2016)

30% Checklist (posted 6/27/2016)

60% Checklist (posted 6/27/2016)

90% Checklist (posted 6/27/2016)

Turnpike Design Exceptions and Variations Tools and Sample Documents

Request for FTE Design Exceptions and Variations Checklist (posted 10/04/2016)

Sample Design Variations

Sample Design Exceptions

Turnpike Pavement Design Guides, Tools and Sample Documents

Pavement Design Report Table of Contents (posted 10/04/2016)

Sample Pavement Design Report

Pavement Coring and Evaluation Report Table of Contents

Flexible Pavement Design Checklist (posted 6/27/2016)

Other Roadway Design Manuals and Design Tools

FDOT Plans Preparation Manual (PPM)

FDOT Florida Greenbook

FDOT Flexible Pavement Design Manual

FDOT Rigid Pavement Design Manual

FDOT Design Standards

FHWA Mitigation Strategies for Design Exceptions

Links to Related Sites

FDOT Office of Design

FDOT Pavement Management Section

AASHTO Subcommittee on Design

USDOT Federal Highway Administration

Transportation Reasearch Board (TRB)

Turnpike Specifications Tools

Turnpike Specifications QA/QC Checklist

Links to Related Sites

FDOT Specifications

Documents & Publications

Design Criteria and Standards

Turnpike Plans Preparation and Practices Handbook (TPPPH)

As part of the Turnpike's continuing quality enhancement effort, the Turnpike Plans Preparation and Practices Handbook (TPPPH) that includes Volumes I, II, 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 normal requirements included in the FDOT Plans Preparations Manual (PPM).

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 02/17/2017)

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.

Turnpike Plans Preparation and Practices Handbook (TPPPH)

Guide Drawings


Guide Drawings Introduction ( PDF )


Lighting Guide Drawings ( PDF | CAD )


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

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


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 )


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 )


Noise Wall Maintenance Access Detail ( PDF | CAD )


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


Traffic Guide Drawings ( PDF | CAD )


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 Plans Preparation Manual (PPM)

General Tolling Requirements (GTR)

Current GTR

2016 GTR Volume 1 Addendum No. 1 (posted 03/03/2017)

2016 GTR Volume 2 Addendum No. 1 (posted 03/03/2017)

2016 GTR Volume 1 (posted 07/13/2016)
Design Criteria

2016 GTR Volume 2 (posted 07/13/2016)
Sample Structural Calculations

Archived Editions of GTR

2015 GTR Volume 1 Archived 7/13/2016

2014 GTR Archived 11/2/2015

2013 GTR Addendum #1 Archived 6/6/2014

2013 GTR Archived 6/6/2014

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are there any special requirements for Turnpike structures?

A: Yes - please refer to the TPPPH. Although this is not a complete listing, special attention is directed towards: Sections 2.1.5 (bridge cross slopes), 2.3 (shoulders), 2.10 (vertical clearance), 7.3 (underdeck lighting), 7.5 (ITS poles), 8.7 (bridge fencing), 25.4.26 (existing misc structures), 26 (bridges), 28 (shop drawings), 29 (misc structures) and 32 (noise walls). Gantry structures are addressed separately in the Turnpike General Tolling Requirements (GTR).

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 the FDOT PPM, thus no Design Variation is needed. PPM Section 2.10 states, "For any construction affecting existing bridge clearances (e.g., bridge widenings or resurfacing) vertical clearances less than 16'-0" shall be maintained or increased. If reducing the design vertical bridge clearance to a value between 16'-0" and 16'-2", the design vertical clearance dimension in the plans shall be stated as a minimum with a note requiring the contractor to submit a certified survey confirming the as-built least vertical clearance is greater than the design vertical clearance."

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. Although the PPM Section 2.10 addresses the reduction of an existing clearance to 16'-0", the TPPPH Section 2.10 states, "For any construction affecting existing bridge clearances (e.g., bridge widenings or resurfacing), vertical clearances less than 16'-6" shall be maintained or increased, unless otherwise approved by the Turnpike Structures Design Engineer."

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 GTR Section 3.1 which states, "Staff hour estimates for the structural design of gantries should be included on Tab 18 Line 22 - Other Structures. The work estimated on this line should include the design and detailing effort for the Toll Equipment Structures and Foundations and provide a detailed breakdown of the tasks, sheets and hours in the 'comments' section. All other associated 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 - TPPPH Volume II Chapter 2 Exhibit 2-1 states, "Print/plot/export to PDF file format directly from software used to create files. Scan pages only if absolutely necessary (ex: scan signed + sealed cover page only, not entire report)." This is done for several reasons: clarity of the image, reduced file size, and the ability to use Adobe's 'compare documents' 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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