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What is a PD&E Study?

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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, natural and physical effects associated with a proposed transportation improvement project. The process follows the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and federal and state laws and regulations. It 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:

  • Data collection
  • Develop and analyze project alternatives including the no-build alternative
  • Selection of viable alternative(s)
  • Selection of recommended alternative
  • Prepare study reports
  • Public and agency involvement