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What is a PD&E Study?

A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study is conducted to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act. During the study, we determine the location and conceptual design of feasible build alternatives for roadway improvements and their social, economic, and environmental effects. A PD&E study is finalized when the Federal Highway Administration, reviews the documentation and recommendations then provides a Location and Design Concept Acceptance.

Five Steps in the Transportation Development Process

  1. Long Range Planning: The FDOT and local governments conduct long-range transportation planning on an ongoing basis to identify and prioritize individual projects.
  2. PD&E Study: During this step, various roadway improvement alternatives and their social and environmental effects are examined.
  3. Design: During design, detailed construction plans are prepared.
  4. Right-Of-Way Acquisition: This phase entails acquisition of necessary right-of-way, based on the construction plans.
  5. Construction: The roadway is built during this phase.

The US 19 project is in the PD&E study phase of the FDOT’s 5-step highway development process. A PD&E study assists the FDOT in determining the location, conceptual design and social, economic and environmental effects of the proposed improvement. During the PD&E study process, feasible alternatives are developed for roadway improvement projects. These “Build” alternatives are evaluated based on environmental, engineering and socioeconomic conditions, safety needs and public input. The need for additional right-of-way for stormwater and environmental mitigation is also evaluated during the PD&E study phase. The “No Build” alternative is considered to be a viable alternative and will remain so for the duration of the study.

If the study results in a “Build” alternative being selected, the project may proceed to the next phase, which is the Project Design phase.

What is a PD&E Study Reevaluation?

A reevaluation is the process used to document compliance with federal laws and to identify any changes that may have occurred since the approval of the original final environmental document. The reevaluation is needed for the purpose of updating the 1996 study, documenting changes in the current design standards, reassessing socio-economic and environmental impacts, and comparing any new alternative options with the previously approved roadway improvement.

What’s New?

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is conducting a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Reevaluation Study for proposed improvements to US 19 (SR 55) from 66th Avenue North to SR 690 / 118th Avenue North in Pinellas County. This project is a reevaluation of a PD&E study originally completed in 1990. Reevaluations verify that the study results are in compliance with applicable Federal and State laws before moving into a production phase for the area. This reevaluation will also serve as a check on the commitments made by FDOT during the original study process. The reevaluation will fully document compliance with Federal laws and any changes that may have occurred since the approval of the original final recommendations.

 

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Send us your Comments

The public plays an important role in the project development and decision-making process of this study. Send us your comments and ideas to help us determine the most appropriate conceptual design alternatives for this portion of US 19.

 

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Project Schedule

The US 19 PD&E Reevaluation Study began in February 2016. The project activities include collecting information, developing roadway improvement alternatives and evaluating the potential environmental and social effects of the “no-build” and “build” alternatives.

 

A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for Summer or Fall 2017 and the study is expected to be completed in the Spring 2018.

 

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Contact Information

For more information or to comment, please contact:

 

Lilliam E. Escalera, EMO Project Manager
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
Planning & Environmental Management Office (PLEMO)
11201 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive
MS 7-800
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 975-6445
(800) 226-7220
lilliam.escalera@dot.state.fl.us


For media inquiries, please contact:

 

Kristen Carson, Public Information Director
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
11201 N. McKinley Drive
MS 7-110
Tampa, FL 33612-6456
(813) 975-6202
(800) 226-7220
kristen.carson@dot.state.fl.us


Comuniquese Con Nosotros
Nos importa mucho la opinión del público sobre el proyecto. Si usted tiene preguntas o comentarios, o si simplemente desea más información, por favor comuníquese con nosotros. Nuestro representante, Señora Lilliam Escalera, 813-975-6445, Departamento de Transportación de Florida, 11201 N. McKinley Dr., MS-7-800, Tampa, FL 33612, lilliam.escalera@dot.state.fl.us