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Smooth operators – the experts behind the Florida megaproject

The third of a five-part series looks at the ground-breaking Interstate-4 reconstruction project in Florida. We’ll deliver the details directly to your inbox every Wednesday. This week, we go behind the scenes to meet the operators and experts working on one of the largest and most complex road building projects in the world.

Wilfredo Rodrigues by his Volvo ECR305CL

Roberto Rodriguez is feeling proud. He’s doing his part to complete the largest infrastructure project underway in the United States, the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project, a $2.3 billion Public-Private Partnership (P3) project to redesign and reconstruct one of Florida’s most vital highway systems.

The 34-year-old machine operator has been on the job for nine months, operating a Volvo excavator at several of the work sites in Central Florida. “I have three kids. One day I will tell them the story about how I was involved in the construction of Interstate 4 and the sense of pride that goes along with it,” Rodriguez said. “It’s going to be safer for them. They will have more space to drive and it will be easier to get through the traffic from point A to point B.”

To read the full story, see Reconstructing the I-4: Smooth Operators - The Experts Behind the Florida Megaproject in Spirit Magazine.