New York Avenue Pedestrian Crossing Design
Project Development – How Our Process Works
Depending on transportation priorities, available funding, and complexities of the job, a project’s progression from planning to construction may take up to 15 years. FDOT follows federal and state requirements throughout project development and works closely with governmental agencies, partners and the local community to identify new projects and move them through the production pipeline. Planning, the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study, final design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction are sequential phases of production for projects.
The project is funded for ROW acquisition but is not funded for construction in FDOT’s Five Year Work Program (Fiscal Year 2021 – 2026) and the Polk Transportation Planning Organization Transportation Improvement Program (2020/21 – 2024/25) adopted June 25, 2020.
The PD&E study was completed in 2019 and evaluated engineering, environmental, social, historic and cultural effects for this project. It also estimated costs for future phases of production, including design, right-of-way, and construction. FDOT documented the need for the project and developed improvement alternatives. These alternatives also considered comments from public officials, agency partners, and members of the community. Because the Recommended Alternative included minimal social, cultural, natural, and physical impacts, the Class of Action for the project was changed to a Non-Major State Action and progressed into the Design phase.
The Design phase takes the conceptual plan developed during the PD&E phase and develops it into a formal set of construction plans that are used to bid and build the job. The construction plans include design of the stormwater drainage system, traffic signals, lighting systems, signs, utility plans (if relocations are necessary to accommodate the bridge), as well as design of the bridge itself. This project is now in the Design phase and is expected to be completed in 2022.
No property is needed to construct the pedestrian/bicycle bridge, however some existing driveways will be impacted. Additional information about FDOT’s right-of-way acquisition process may be found at www.dot.state.fl.us/rightofway/Documents.shtm.
After design plans are completed and right-of-way needs concluded, FDOT advertises the project for construction. Typically, construction work starts three or four months after FDOT hires the contractor (who must mobilize crews and arrange for equipment and materials). Construction jobs may take two to three years and sometimes longer depending on complexities of the projects. More information becomes available about a project’s construction schedule and crews’ approach to the work after FDOT hires the contractor.
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