When Tropical Storm Faye blew across Florida in 2008, stormwater rushed through one of the corrugated steel culvert pipes under State Road 16 in Clay County and began to suck the surrounding soil into the pipe.
"It created a void along the side of the road about 10 feet deep and 20 feet across. You could have put a couple of minivans in this hole," says Spencer Townsend, project manager for the Clay and Nassau counties local sites for Transfield Services North America.
Transfield Services, a multinational Australian company, provides operations, maintenance, and asset and project management services around the world. In Clay County, it performs routine and preventive maintenance along 358 lane miles of roadway for the Florida DOT, but this project was anything but routine.