What is a PD&E Study

A brief explanation of the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study process is provided below. The PD&E process was developed to ensure that transportation projects are developed with consideration of current engineering standards, project costs and minimization of social and environmental impacts, while involving the public throughout the entire study process. The basic activities of a PD&E Study include:

Data Collection

The first major work effort is the collection of all available data pertaining to the study corridor including existing roadway characteristics, traffic counts, existing and future land uses, drainage patterns, locations of wetlands and habitat for threatened or endangered species, potential contamination sites, etc.

Alternatives Development and Analysis

Once the data collection is complete and the needs of the corridor have been determined, various improvement alternatives will be developed. For a trail project, these alternatives include the alignments, street crossings, trail heads and trail amenities. The environmental impacts, social impacts and costs of these alternatives will be quantified and summarized in a comparative matrix.

Public and Stakeholder Involvement

To ensure the public is well informed, project newsletters will be distributed to public officials, property owners, business owners, and interested parties who request to be added to the project mailing list.  In addition, presentations will be given to local officials, boards, committees and agencies to inform officials of the project status, specific location and design concepts, and to receive their comments.  The presentation to the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board will be announced in a project newsletter and on this website, prior to the meeting.  With input received at stakeholder presentation meetings, comments from this website, and through other means, the project team will finalize the preferred alternative(s).

Final Acceptance

After the comments from the stakeholder presentation meetings have been addressed, the project reports will be finalized and submitted to the Lake-Sumter MPO, Lake County, Orange County, and FDOT for location and design concept acceptance. Once this acceptance is received, the study phase of the project will be complete. The phases that would follow the study phase include the design of the approved improvements, possible right-of-way acquisition and construction of the improvements.