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US 301 Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the study limits?
The project limits are from County Road (CR) 470 West to State Road (SR) 44 in Sumter County.

What is a 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.

What is the objective of this study?
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.

How can I get involved?
Check the website regularly for meeting dates and times. For questions or comments, please contact the FDOT Project Manager, Mary McGehee, by email at Mary.McGehee@dot.state.fl.us or by telephone at 386-943-5063; or the Consultant Project Manager, Jeff Arms, by email at Jeff.Arms@hdrinc.com or by telephone at 407-420-4249. Click here to be added to the mailing list.

How can I obtain the latest study materials?
Reports, display boards, newsletters and other materials for this PD&E Study will be available on the Documents and Publications page of the website as they are finalized and approved.  Please check regularly for updates.

When will the project be built?
If the PD&E Study shows that improvements are needed, the recommended design alternative will be presented to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for review and acceptance. If accepted, the proposed transportation project will go through several phases of development that include design, right-of-way purchase and construction.

The design phase is currently funded and scheduled to begin in 2021. The right-of-way purchase and construction phases are not currently funded. It is typical for transportation projects to take between five and ten years to be constructed after the PD&E Study has been finalized by the FHWA.



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