State Road 80 Design
Depending on local transportation priorities, available funding, and complexities of the job, a project’s progression from planning to pavement may take 15 years. FDOT follows federal and state requirements throughout project development and works closely with governmental agencies and partners and the local community as we identify new projects and move them through the production pipeline. Planning, the PD&E Study, formal design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction are sequential phases of production for projects.
Planning: FDOT considers SR 80 a priority and emphasizes its importance as a Strategic Intermodal Systems corridor. FDOT has funded production phases in its five year work program. As a whole, the work program is the state transportation plan and includes projects ranging from planning studies to construction jobs.
Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study: The PD&E study is a federally required first step and evaluates engineering, environmental, social, historic, and cultural effects a project may have, for example, and estimates costs for future phases of production. Involvement and comments from public officials, agency partners, and members of the community are essential. Need for the project is documented and alternatives for roadway improvement are developed. The “preferred alternative,” a conceptual design, is presented at a public hearing at the end of the study. Documents then are forwarded to the Federal Highway Administration for approval. The PD&E study for SR 80 from Birchwood Parkway to CR 833, which includes the segment of Indian Hills Drive to CR 833, was finished in 2005
Design: This segment of State Road 80 presently is under design. The design phase moves the conceptual plan presented at the public hearing in the PD&E study into a formal set of construction plans to be used to bid and build the job. These final plans are very detailed roadway construction plans and include design of a stormwater drainage system, median openings, bridges, utility relocation plans, as well as design of the roadway itself.
Right-of-way acquisition:The right-of-way acquisition phase is expected to begin Fall of 2014. FDOT needs to acquire property to build the job from Indian Hills Drive to CR 833. With details defined during design, FDOT can determine specifically how much right-of-way or land is needed to expand the roadway and build stormwater ponds. When more land, or property, is required than the state already owns, FDOT acquires property in order to build roadway improvements on publicly-owned land (in other words, within state-owned right-of-way). In accordance with Florida statute, FDOT can only purchase property needed for transportation improvements, and FDOT pays fair market value for any property or part of property acquired for road expansion. FDOT will notify property owners in writing if their land is affected. Letters to the affected property owners will also provide names and contact information for right-of-way agents managing this phase of the project. More information about FDOT’s right-of-way acquisition process may be found at www.dot.state.fl.us/rightofway/Documents.shtm.
Construction: Project has been funded for construction in early 2017.