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Systems Planning Office

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Corridor Development

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About

 

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) plays an important role in maintaining mobility for the future on Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) Corridors throughout the state. By defining the corridor's needs, the corridor plan will help focus planning efforts on the most significant problems and act as catalyst for discussion about how best to invest in the corridor. One key element in the effort is the development of strategic plans for corridors, incorporating a wide range of alternative actions and modal opportunities. A Planning Study is the first step in planning for the future of a transportation facility.  

Objective

 

Planning studies determine the best way to serve existing and future travel demand. The studies identify the transportation issues by closely examining the existing and expected future conditions within each study area; including the design of the existing transportation facilities, transit services available, accommodation of non-motorized modes of transportation, traffic volumes, levels of congestion, and potentially unsafe conditions.

Endorsed planning studies provide the following:

  • Guidance for decision makers regarding future projects on state routes
  • Direction in determining impact mitigation measures for proposed developments
  • Inclusion of improvement solutions in the State Intermodal System Plan
  • Guidance for interim projects to ensure the progression towards long range objectives
  • Coordination with various stakeholders on the future development of the state route

Partners

 

Planning Studies bring together the goals and expectations of all groups involved in the project. The planning process includes many diverse community members, such as citizens, governmental officials, community organizations, and other stakeholders who work together to develop a vision for the corridor. Stakeholders are important in shaping the goals, objectives, and strategies for the corridor. Public participation in this process, as with all planning processes, is very important to the success.

Types of Studies

 

The Systems Planning Office conducts studies that fall within the following categories

  • Corridor: A corridor study is the first step in planning for the future of a transportation facility. By defining the corridor's needs, the corridor plan will help focus planning efforts on the most significant problems and act as catalyst for discussion about how best to invest in the corridor.
  • Alternatives: An alternatives study involves studying specific corridors and special study areas and developing recommended strategies or alternatives to implement improvement projects and programs. An alternate route analysis studies are conducted when an existing route may need realignment due to capacity or other constraints where further improvements of the route may be prohibitively expensive or impossible to construct. These studies generally explore the development of new state routes that would bypass urban congested areas.
  • Feasibility: A Feasibility Study represents a definition of a problem or opportunity to be studied, an analysis of the current mode of operation, a definition of requirements, an evaluation of alternatives, and an agreed upon course of action. As such, the activities for preparing a Feasibility Study are generic in nature and can be applied to any type of project.

Planning Studies Comparison (Condensed)

 

Study Corridor Alternative Feasibility
Problems and Needs
Defining the key issues and opportunities
     
  • Existing Conditions and Needs
    Conduct technical analysis & data collection of existing conditions, including gathering relevant work performed in previous studies.
X
X
X
  • Future Conditions and Needs
    Develop future conditions based on various forecasted traffic and land use projections.
X
X
X
Alternative Options
Understanding and defining a range of options - including land use solutions
    
  • Identify range of alternative options
X
X
 
  • Develop alternative options with concepts, planning level cost analysis and associated impacts.
 
X
 
Evaluation
Comparing and initial screening of the proposed alternative options
     
  • Identify criteria to evaluate and compare alternative options on a system level and alternative options performance
   
X
  • Narrowing alternative options down to which alternatives should be considered/compared in Project Development & Environment (PD&E)
   
X
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
   
X
Implementation
Identify and itemize an implementation action plan including defining the appropriate phasing
 
X
 
Documentation      
  • Findings
X
X
X
  • Recommendations (Short-term, mid-term and long-term)
X
X
 
Coordination and Outreach
X
X
X

 

Active and Completed Planning Studies

 

Corridor Studies

Alternatives Studies


I-95 North Sketch Interstate Plan - Completed
Indian River/Brevard County line to the Florida-Georgia State line (222 miles)


Executive Summary
Existing Conditions
Traffic Methodology Crash Methodology
Stakeholder Summary
Future Conditions


I-95 Transportation Alternatives Study - Completed
Miami-Dade County to Nassau County


I-95 Transportation Alternatives Study
Technical Memorandum: Identification of Corridor Conditions and Needs
Technical Memorandum: Alternative Options and Policy Implications
 

 
I-75 North Sketch Interstate Plan - Completed
Sumter County to Florida-Georgia Line (165 miles)


Executive Summary
Corridor Conditions and Planned Improvements
Traffic Technical Report
Safety Technical Report
Environmental Documentation
Freight Mobility
 
I-75 Transportation Alternatives Study - Completed
SR 29 in Collier County to Florida-Georgia Line (390 miles)


I-75 Project Information Packet
I-75 Transportation Alternatives Study
Technical Memorandum: Identification of Corridor Conditions and Needs
Technical Memorandum: Alternative Options and Policy Implications
 
 
 
I-75 South Sketch Interstate Plan - Completed
SR 29 in Collier County to CR 476B in Sumter County (227 miles)


Brochure
Mainline Vision Report
Existing Conditions Technical Memorandum
Future Conditions Technical Memorandum
Study Final Presentation
 
US 27 Transportation Alternatives Study - Completed
Miami-Dade County to I-75 in Marion County (310 miles)


US 27 Project Information Packet
Identification of Corridor Conditions and Needs
Alternative Options and Policy Implications
US 27 Transportation Alternative Study

 


For further information contact Jennifer Fortunas or phone (850) 414-4909


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