Pine Island Road (CR 78) Shared Use Path Feasibility Study
What is a Feasibility Study?
A feasibility study is a collaborative process that identifies the project’s vision, transportation needs and creates the initial transportation alternatives. During the process, coordination with the local community officials, planners and the community will help tailor the project vision and alternatives to meet the transportation and community’s needs. The feasibility study will document the project needs, community outreach and project alternatives that are feasible and recommended for the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study.
What is a PD&E Study?
A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study is an environmental and engineering process developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to determine social, economic, natural and potential physical environmental impacts associated with a proposed transportation improvement project. The process follows procedures set forth in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and federal and state laws and regulations pursuant to 23 U.S.C. § 327 and a Memorandum of Understanding dated December 14, 2016 and executed by FHWA and FDOT.
The PD&E study process is a blend of preliminary engineering, environmental analysis, public outreach and agency coordination and is made up of several components. These include:
• Data Collection
• Alternatives Analysis (including the no-build alternative)
• Agency and local government meetings
• Public meetings and public hearing
• Selection of preferred alternative(s)
After the comments from the public hearing have been received, considered and addressed, the project reports will be finalized and submitted to the FDOT Office of Environmental Management for review and Location, Design and Concept Approval. Once acceptance is granted, the PD&E study phase of the project will be complete. The phases that follow the PD&E study are the design phase where construction documents are prepared, acquisition of right-of-way (if necessary), and then physical construction of the project.
What are the study limits?
This potential future path would add approximately 5 miles of pathway from Stringfellow Road, through Matlacha, to Veterans Memorial Parkway in Cape Coral.
What is the objective of the study?
The overall goal of the PD&E study is to develop a viable shared use path that satisfies the project purpose and need and minimizes social, economic and potential environmental impacts, incorporates community input, and receives approval from FDOT Office of Environmental Management for review and Location, Design and Concept Approval.
How can I get involved?
How can I obtain the latest study materials?
The latest study materials will be available on the Documents and Publications page of the website. Please check back regularly for updates as the study is constantly evolving.