State Road 31 from south of Bayshore Road (SR 78) to north of North River Road (CR 78) in Lee County
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a PD&E Study?
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) developed an environmental and engineering process called a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study to determine social, economic, cultural, natural and physical effects associated with a proposed transportation improvement project. The process requires the combined efforts of professional engineers, planners and scientists. They collect and analyze project-related information to develop the best solution for transportation needs. An important part of a study is public involvement and coordination with agencies. A study is made up of several steps. These include:
The first major work effort is the collection of all available data pertaining to the study corridor including existing roadway characteristics, traffic counts, existing and future land uses, drainage patterns, location of wetlands and habitat for threatened or endangered species, and potential contamination sites.
Alternatives Development and Analysis
Once data collection is complete, the Department develops and evaluates various alignment alternatives, including a “no-build” alternative. The no-build alternative assumes no improvements other than routine maintenance through the design year. The environmental impacts, social impacts and costs of the build and no-build alternatives are quantified and summarized in an evaluation matrix.
Alternatives Public Workshop
The Department is tentatively planning to hold an alternatives public workshop in the fall of 2017 where staff will present the proposed widening options and alignment alternatives. The public will be invited to attend and will have the opportunity to view project displays and comment on the proposed improvements. With the input received at the workshop, the project team will select a recommended alternative.
The Department is tentatively planning to hold a formal public hearing in early 2018. The public hearing will provide an opportunity for property owners and interested people to share input regarding final recommendations for the proposed improvements. The Department will not make a final decision on the recommendations until after the public hearing, when the public has an opportunity to review and comment on the recommended alternative.
The PD&E Study phase of the project is complete once the results of the study are approved by the FDOT District One Secretary or designee. The phases that follow the PD&E study are design of the project, acquisition of right-of-way (if necessary), and construction of the proposed improvements.
How Can I Get Involved?
Check the website regularly for meeting dates and times. For questions or comments please contact the PD&E Study Project Manager, Patrick Bateman, P.E., at (863) 519-2792 or by email at email@example.com.