Project Planning Process Summary

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It takes anywhere from 12 to 36 months to plan and secure funding for an FKAA project, like the Islamorada Transmission Main Replacement Project, before a shovel enters the ground.

Project Planning Process Summary GraphicThe FKAA is currently working on $115 million worth of fully funded active projects. It took two years of planning, design, and permitting work before crews began installing the new transmission main in Islamorada.  
Here’s an outline of our project phases: 

Phase 1: Initial Planning

Timeframe: 6 to 12 months

  • Secure project funding
  • Request bids from project consultants
  • Review bids and select consultants
  • Hold FKAA Board Meetings to approve contracts 

Phase 2: Design

Timeframe: About one year 

  • Review and approve project design documents
  • Obtain permits needed for the project
  • Coordinate with local cities and towns and agencies like FDOT (this continues throughout the work)
  • Work with consulting engineers on project details like pipe material and size

 Phase 3: Bidding

Timeframe: 3 to 6 months

  • Select contractor(s) to complete work
  • Hold an FKAA Board Meeting to approve the contract(s) 
  • Contractor planning takes place for one to two months

Phase 4: Work Begins

  • Community is notified (public outreach continues throughout the project)
  • Contractor begins work
  • FKAA monitors budget, work, and timeline for project completion