In 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM), funds to restore local roadways and drainage systems damaged as a result of severe flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in 1999 and an additional storm in 2000. The scope of the project included repair to damaged roadways, improvements of existing drainage systems and in some areas, the addition of new drainage systems to alleviate future flooding.
Key responsibilities included performing quality control inspection of the contractor’s work and providing project management services for the following types of projects:
- Cleaning of underground drainage structures (catch basins, manholes and peer structures)
- Site grading and addition of new drainage systems and structures
- Resurfacing of asphalt roadways
- Roadway rehabilitation, i.e. new sub base and asphalt resurfacing of roadways
- Canal dredging
In addition to overseeing, recording and reporting the contractor’s daily activity, our responsibilities also included supervision of the maintenance of daily traffic flow (MOT) and the use of Global Position System (GPS) to ascertain the coordinates of special drainage structures.