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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.  The PD&E Study is the second phase of the FDOT’s 5-step highway development process, as shown below.

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.

A PD&E Study is conducted to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for projects with federal funding. A Class of Action is assigned for each project based on the level of social, economic and environmental impact, among other factors, anticipated for a project. The federal Class of Actions, in order of magnitude from less to greater impacts, include: Type 1 Categorical Exclusion (CE), Type 2 CE, Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Location and Design Concept Approval (LDCA), or final project approval, is signed by the FDOT Office of Environmental Management (OEM).

For projects without federal funds, the study would need to meet state requirements which are similar to federal requirements in analyzing the effects of the proposed improvements on the social, physical and natural environment. The state equivalent documents are 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.

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. The need for additional right-of-way for stormwater, floodplain compensation and environmental mitigation is also evaluated during the PD&E study phase. The “No Build”, or no improvements alternative, is considered to be a viable alternative and will remain so throughout the study. If the study results in a “Build” alternative being selected, the project may proceed to the next phase if funding is available.

What’s New?

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is undertaking a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study to evaluate the widening of US 301 from south of US 98 to SR 50 in Pasco & Hernando Counties.

 

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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 website 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, PE
FDOT Project Manager
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
11201 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive
MS 7-500
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 975-6433
(800) 226-7220
ashley.henzel@dot.state.fl.us


For media inquiries, please contact:

 

Kris Carson, Public Information Officer
Florida Department of Transportation, District Seven
11201 N. Malcolm McKinley Drive
MS 7-100
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 975-6202
(800) 226-7220
kristen.carson@dot.state.fl.us


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Si usted tiene preguntas o comentarios, o si simplemente desea más información, por favor comuníquese con el señor Manuel Flores al teléfono 813-975-4248 o al correo electrónico manuel.flores@dot.state.fl.us.