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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. 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. A No-Build Alternative, which considers leaving US 301 in its present state while only undertaking routine maintenance on it, remains a viable alternative throughout the study. The need for additional right-of-way for stormwater, floodplain compensation and environmental mitigation is also evaluated during the PD&E study phase.

A PD&E Study is required even if federal funds are not used. The Study would need to meet state requirements which are similar to federal requirement in analyzing the effects of the proposed improvements. The state equivalent document is called a State Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) or a Non-Major State Action (NMSA) and the document is signed by the FDOT District Secretary/ Delegated Authority or designee. The FHWA would not be involved in this process.

The US 301 project is in the PD&E study phase of the FDOT’s 5-step highway development process. 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 concept 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 any necessary right-of-way, based on the design plans.
  5. Construction: The roadway is built during this phase.
What’s New?

A Public hearing for the US 301 PD&E Study was held by the Florida Department of Transportation on Thursday, March 24, 2022.

 

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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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Contact Information

For more information or to comment, please contact:

 

Ashley Henzel, P.E., Project Manager
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
11201 N. McKinley Drive M.S. 7-500
Tampa, FL 33612-6456

(813) 975-6433
(800) 226-7220
ashley.henzel@dot.state.fl.us

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Amber Russo, P.E.
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
11201 N. McKinley Drive M.S. 7-500
Tampa, FL 33612-6456

(813) 975-6260
(800) 226-7220
amber.russo@dot.state.fl.us


For media inquiries, please contact:

 

Kris Carson, Public Information Officer
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
11201 N. McKinley Drive
MS 7-100
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 975-6060
(800) 226-7220
kristen.carson@dot.state.fl.us


Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation service (free of charge) should contact Title VI Coordinator Roger Roscoe, at (813) 975-6411 or (800) 226-7220 or email: roger.roscoe@dot.state.fl.us.


Comuniquese Con Nosotros
Si usted tiene preguntas o comentarios o si simplemente desea mas informacion sobre este proyecto, favor de ponerse en contacto con nuestro representante, el señor Manuel Flores, al teléfono (813) 975-4248 o correo electrónico manuel.flores@dot.state.fl.us.