The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7 is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study along US 301/State Road (SR) 35 from south of US 98 to SR 50, in Pasco and Hernando Counties. This study will also evaluate issues related to traffic operations, safety, access management, freight movements and environmental impacts. The project will improve safety mobility for drivers, freight and non-motorized users along this segment of US 301.
The PD&E study objectives include: determine proposed typical sections and develop preliminary conceptual design plans for proposed improvements, while minimizing impacts to the environment; consider agency and public comments; and ensure project compliance with all applicable federal and state laws. A Type 2 Categorical Exclusion is being prepared as part of this study. The proposed improvements will include construction of stormwater management facility (SMF) and floodplain compensation (FPC) sites, various intersection improvements, and multimodal facilities (pedestrian, bicycle and transit accommodations). The PD&E study satisfies all applicable requirements, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), to qualify for federal-aid funding of subsequent development phases (design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction). The acquisition of additional right of way (ROW) is anticipated on this project.