Midway Road Project
Development and Environment (PD&E) Study
A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study is a process conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to determine the environmental, social, and economic impacts that are associated with proposed transportation improvements. The process, mandated by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), is a combined effort by professional engineers, planners, environmental scientists, and others who analyze the project-related information to develop the best alternative for a community’s transportation needs. The public will be involved throughout the entire study process.
The FDOT is conducting this PD&E Study to evaluate the need to widen Midway Road (CR 712). The study will consider four-lane alternatives as well as the “No-Build” alternative, which is an alternative where no improvements would be made. The study limits extend from Glades Cut Off Road to Selvitz Road in St. Lucie County, which is a distance of approximately 1.6 miles. Based on recent traffic data from St. Lucie County, the roadway facility between the project limits does not adequately handle the existing traffic demand. The traffic in the project corridor is anticipated to increase to 29,200 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) by 2040 and the corridor will continue to operate at Level of Service (LOS) F with degraded traffic operation unless the capacity is increased. Without capacity improvements, the traffic operations along the corridor will continue to deteriorate. The purpose of this project is to provide additional capacity to ease congestion, meet current and future traffic demand, and improve safety. Needs for current and future freight capacity will be included in the study. The existing facility does not include pedestrian and bicycle facilities; therefore, the need to provide facilities to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety along the roadway will also be evaluated.
Midway Road was identified in the St. Lucie County and Martin County 2035 Regional Long Range Transportation Plan as well as the St. Lucie Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) 2035 Cost Feasible Plan. The project will be included in the State Transportation Improvement Program and the St. Lucie TPO Transportation Improvement Program.
Public Involvement Plan
Public involvement is a key component to any PD&E Study. There will be continuous community outreach and stakeholder coordination throughout the study process. Three public involvement meetings will be held during the project. Two Kick-off Meetings to introduce the project and an alternatives workshop to introduce the proposed project alternatives to agencies, elected and appointed officials as well as the general public. A formal public hearing will be held near the conclusion of the study process to provide the public a final opportunity to give feedback on the proposed alternatives as well as any potential social, economic, and environmental impacts.