PD&E Study Process
A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study is conducted to insure that a road improvement project will be eligible for federal funding by following all procedures set forth in the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. During the study process, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) develops various engineering alternatives. A preliminary analysis of the social, cultural, natural and physical environments surrounding a roadway or bridge is conducted. The study evaluates possible impacts to noise sensitive sites, air quality, hazardous materials, wetlands and water quality. Impacts to historic and archaeological sites and recreation areas are investigated. Potential changes in land use, community cohesion and controversy are also studied.
Following the development of engineering alternatives and the review of environmental impacts, a public information workshop is held. FDOT reviews comments from the workshop and, together with findings from the engineering and environmental studies, develops a preferred alternative. A thorough assessment of the various environmental impacts follows. The preferred alternative is presented at a formal public hearing, where comments are solicited. Following the completion of study reports, final documentation will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration for approval. The project can then advance to the design, right-of-way acquisition and construction phases.