The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise is in the planning phase of the Coastal Connector, a high level study that will evaluate new transportation corridor alternatives in Citrus and Marion Counties. The study will establish a new vision for transportation by incorporating emerging transportation technologies to improve freight movement, address seasonal congestion, accommodate projected growth, and plan for emergency evacuation to create Florida’s Next Generation Corridor.
Major transportation improvements can take decades to realize, now is the time to begin planning and investing in our future transportation systems. Delay in planning can result in continued deterioration of our roadways, increased congestion, and rising costs. The intent of this study is to keep the region moving forward by establishing a long-term vision and plan for the next generation transportation system.
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The Coastal Connector Study is following a process developed by the Florida Department of Transportation known as an Alternative Corridor Evaluation, or ACE. The ACE process helps to identify and evaluate corridor alternatives by considering transportation needs and environmental issues early in the project development process to document potential alternatives that can be carried forward into future phases. By the end of the study, enough information will be gathered to determine whether or not a new route should move forward to a more detailed evaluation.
The Florida Department of Transportation has a history of conducting studies to evaluate proposed alternatives with the goal of alleviating congestion, and improving the performance and reliability of the area’s transportation systems. For example, Florida’s Future Corridors, I-75 Relief, and the North I-75 Master Plan studies were conducted by the FDOT that evaluated improvements to I-75 and existing corridors as well as recommended the continued study of new alternative corridors.
The Coastal Connector ACE Study is an innovative solution to connect the North Central Florida region with a new alternate corridor. As the region continues to experience traffic growth, this study will plan to improve regional freight movements, address seasonal congestion, accommodate projected population growth, and plan for emergency evacuation.Community Coordination and Public Participation
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise encourages the public to be involved throughout the study by providing comments, questions and suggestions to the study team. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.
If you would like to obtain additional project information, be added to the mailing list, or arrange a meeting, please see the Stay Connected section.
Frequently Asked Questions can be found under the Documents section.
The Coastal Connector ACE study area is located in Citrus and Marion Counties.
The Florida Department of Transportation’s environmental policy is to preserve and enhance Florida’s natural environment. It is a priority to lessen the impacts on the environment through the study process. A preliminary inventory is being conducted for numerous environmental resources within the study area. As part of the study and in compliance with local, state and federal laws, the project team will define the transportation needs, evaluate a wide range of environmental factors, and give consideration to various engineering elements when comparing corridor alternatives.
The future of transportation is already here. Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise is leading the region by planning for a safer, more efficient, and more technologically advanced corridor for the future. Emerging transportation technologies will be considered in the Coastal Connector Alternative Corridor Evaluation (ACE) Study to tackle some of the biggest transportation challenges in the areas of safety, mobility, and environment.
The Coastal Connector ACE Study will incorporate these emerging and future technologies and connect their benefits to create Florida’s Next Generation Corridor. One such technology is autonomous or self-driving vehicles. Autonomous or self-driving vehicles are projected to provide significant safety benefits including up to 80% reduction in vehicle accidents. Efficiencies realized through automated vehicle technology can also maximize roadway capacity and minimize right-of-way requirements.
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Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise provides many opportunities for the public to learn more about the Coastal Connector Alternative Corridor Evaluation (ACE) Study. Public meetings will be scheduled throughout the study starting in Late 2017.
*Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. If you need special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or require translation services (free of charge) please contact the Project Manager listed in the Stay Connected section, at least seven days before the meeting.
April 26, 2018 and May 1, 2018 – Corridor Alternatives Public Meetings
October 12 & 18, 2017 – Public Kick-off Meetings
There are a number of ways to stay connected and provide input to the Coastal Connector Alternative Corridor Evaluation (ACE) Study.Project inquiries can be mailed or emailed to: info@CoastalConnector.com
Comments can be provided and/or join the mailing list to stay connected and informed on the latest study developments. Your participation will help shape the future of Florida’s Next Generation Corridor.
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