A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study is an environmental and engineering process that was developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in order to determine social, economic, natural and physical environmental impacts associated with a proposed transportation improvement project. An important component of the process is public and agency involvement which is crucial in developing all viable alternatives.
The process follows all procedures set forth in the Federal and State guidelines. It requires the combined efforts of professional engineers, planners and scientists who collect and analyze project-related information to develop the best solution for a community’s transportation needs. The process used in the development of the project is made up of several components.
- Public and agency involvement
- Data collection
- Corridor Analysis (including the no-build alternative)
- Alternatives Analysis (including the no-build alternative)
- Selection of preferred alternative(s)