A PD&E (Project Development and Environment) 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 No-Build Alternative, which considers leaving the roadways in their present state with routine maintenance, remains a viable alternative throughout the study. A PD&E study is finalized when the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), reviews the documentation and recommendations then provides a Location and Design Concept Acceptance (LDCA).

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

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. (This is the current step for these I-75 projects.)

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.

These I-75 projects are currently in Step 2 (PD&E study phase). The study team has gathered information on various social and environmental resources in the project study area. These resources included residences, public facilities, and commercial buildings as well as wetlands, streams and floodplains; protected species; archaeological sites and historic structures; and contamination sites near the project corridor. The intent of the PD&E study process is to study each viable alternative to the level of detail necessary to accurately assess any potential impacts associated with the proposed improvements and to make a recommendation of the preferred alternatives. This process is mandated by federal and state laws.

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WHAT IS A PD&E STUDY?

WHAT IS A PD&E STUDY?


A PD&E (Project Development and Environment) 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 No-Build Alternative, which considers leaving the roadways in their present state with routine maintenance, remains a viable alternative throughout the study. A PD&E study is finalized when the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), reviews the documentation and recommendations then provides a Location and Design Concept Acceptance (LDCA).

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

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. (This is the current step for these I-75 projects.)

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.

These I-75 projects are currently in Step 2 (PD&E study phase). The study team has gathered information on various social and environmental resources in the project study area. These resources included residences, public facilities, and commercial buildings as well as wetlands, streams and floodplains; protected species; archaeological sites and historic structures; and contamination sites near the project corridor. The intent of the PD&E study process is to study each viable alternative to the level of detail necessary to accurately assess any potential impacts associated with the proposed improvements and to make a recommendation of the preferred alternatives. This process is mandated by federal and state laws.