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What is a PD&E Study?

A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study is a comprehensive study that evaluates social, economic and environmental effects associated with the proposed transportation improvements so that the FDOT can reach a decision on the type, location and conceptual design to meet the project’s proposed purpose and need. A No-Build Alternative, which considers leaving the roadway in its present state with routine maintenance, remains a viable alternative throughout the study. A State Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) is being prepared which summarizes the potential effects of the proposed project on the social, cultural, natural and physical environment.

A PD&E study is required even if federal funds or permits are not needed. The Study would need to meet state requirements, which are similar to federal requirements, in analyzing the effects of the proposed improvements. The SEIR is signed by the FDOT District Secretary/ Delegated Authority or designee.

If the study results in a Build Alternative selection, the project may proceed to the next phase, which is the Design Phase.

Five Steps in the Transportation Development Process

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. Project Development and Environment Study (PD&E): During this step, design options 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 41 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 treatment, floodplain compensation and environmental mitigation is also evaluated during the PD&E study phase. 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’s New?

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is conducting a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study for the proposed widening of US 41 from four to six lanes from the Manatee County line to 12th Street NE in Hillsborough County, Florida, and may include evaluation of a one-way pair system of roadways through downtown Ruskin. The study will evaluate US 41 from…

 

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Send us your Comments

Your comments are very important. You may send us your comments via the Comments page on this web site so that they can be considered as part of this study.

 

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Project Schedule

The US 41 project is currently in the Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study phase of the FDOT’s 5-step highway development process. The study is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017.

 

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Contact Information

For more information or to comment, please contact:

 

Lilliam Escalera, Project Manager
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
11201 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive
MS 7-500
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 975-6445
(800) 226-7220
lilliam.escalera@dot.state.fl.us


For media inquiries, please contact:

 

Kris Carson, Public Information Office
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
11201 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive
MS 7-100
Tampa, FL 33612
(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., Tampa, FL 33612, lilliam.escalera@dot.state.fl.us