The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has retained Bergeron Land Development to construct the SunTrax Test Facility in Polk County, Florida. The facility will be constructed on a 400-acre site centrally located between Tampa and Orlando within the city of Auburndale and adjacent to the Polk Parkway, just north of Braddock Road.
SunTrax, a state-of-the-art transportation technology testing facility, is the result of a long-term partnership between FDOT and Florida Polytechnic University. According to the FDOT, the creation of this facility will establish Florida as a transportation technology leader and create a high-tech hub for the research, development and testing of emerging transportation technologies related to tolling, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and automated and connected vehicles. For more information, please visit www.bit.ly/suntrax.
Bergeron Land Development will be responsible for the all labor, materials, equipment and incidentals necessary to construct the 2.25 mile, bi-directional, oval track with adjacent straightaways extending into turnaround areas on each side of the oval track. Two toll equipment buildings and associated toll gantries will be constructed on each side of the track for a total of four toll equipment buildings and four toll gantries.
The project also includes the construction of an entrance road from Braddock Road to the infield area of the track. The entrance road will cross under the oval track through a three-sided box culvert. The entrance road will also provide access to the Operations and Storage Buildings. The project also includes Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), landscaping, and lighting.