The Florida Department of Transportation, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, is conducting a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study for improvements to the Turnpike from south of I-595 to Wiles Road in Broward County. The purpose of the PD&E Study is to develop and evaluate project alternatives that would:
A PD&E Study is an environmental and engineering process conducted by FDOT to determine social, economic, physical and environmental impacts associated with a proposed transportation improvement project. An important component of the process is public and agency involvement. The process follows Federal and State laws and regulations. It requires the combined efforts of professional engineers, planners and scientists who collect and analyze project-related information to develop the best solution for a community’s transportation needs while minimizing impacts.
A PD&E Study is an important step in FDOT’s transportation project development process. This process consists of five phases—Planning, PD&E Study, Design, Right of Way Acquisition, and Construction.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise identified the need to widen (add capacity to) this portion of the Turnpike to accommodate forecasted traffic volumes of freight and passenger vehicles for the year 2045. The project improvements will include:
The No-Build (No Action) alternative will also be analyzed and compared against the Build alternatives during the PD&E Study.
The study limits are along the Turnpike from south of I-595 to Wiles Road. The total project length is approximately 17 miles. A study area map is provided below:
The natural environment is a critical foundation of the region’s economy and quality of life. The study area is located in a highly developed region of Broward County surrounded by residential, commercial, and industrial land uses. No significant impacts are anticipated to high-quality natural areas, public parks, or preserves.
The potential social, economic and environmental effects of the project alternatives will be identified, along with potential mitigation measures. A State Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) is the expected level of environmental documentation for this project.
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 PD&E Study to address the transportation goals and needs along the corridor.
The PD&E Study will identify corridor improvements that will:
FTE is also identifying potential solutions that embrace emerging transportation technologies. As we look to integrate all these project goals into the overall design, a key element of the study will be consideration for new, emerging transportation technologies. There are several technologies that can be accommodated in new projects to help improve safety, create efficiency, and minimize environmental impacts.
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A PD&E Study milestone schedule is provided below:
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Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.
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