US 301 Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study
A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study is a process conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to determine the environmental, social and economic impacts that are associated with proposed transportation improvements. The process, mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is a combined effort by professional engineers, planners, environmental scientists and others who analyze the project related information to develop the best alternative for a community's transportation needs.
The FDOT is conducting this PD&E Study to evaluate the need to widen US 301 from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway. The study limits extend from CR 470 West to SR 44, a distance of approximately eight miles. The need to create a truck route around the City of Coleman to lessen the movement of heavy truck traffic through that community will be evaluated.
Traffic volumes are projected to increase due to planned residential, commercial and industrial developments near the study corridor. The objective of the study is to develop design alternatives that will safely and efficiently accommodate the projected increase in traffic. There is also a lack of pedestrian and bicycle facilities throughout the study corridor; so, the need to provide facilities to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety along the roadway will also be evaluated.
PD&E Study Process
The process used in the development of a PD&E Study is made up of several components:
- Data Collection is a review of existing conditions, traffic counts, existing and future land use, drainage, wetlands, endangered species habitat, potential contamination sites, traffic noise levels and air quality.
- Engineering Analyses are conducted to develop alternatives that meet the needs of the project area, and are environmentally responsible, socially acceptable and cost effective.
- Environmental Evaluations are documented and potential impacts to the natural, physical and social environments are assessed, including, but not limited to: wildlife habitat, public lands, wetland locations, archeological and historic sites, and community issues and concerns.
- Public Involvement means that there will be continuous community outreach and stakeholder coordination throughout the study process. Three public meetings and a public hearing will be scheduled during the 36 month project.
A range of alternatives will be considered for this project. The No-Build or No-Project alternative will remain a valid alternative throughout the study process. Under the No-Build alternative, no improvements would be made.
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