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Wabash Avenue Extension PD&E Study
City of Lakeland, Florida

DRMP prepared this Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study to evaluate a 2.6 mile extension of Wabash Avenue between Ariana Street to a connection with Harden Boulevard (SR 563) in southwest Lakeland, Fla.  This Environmental Assessment (EA) involves a new alignment within a project study area.  The evaluation process examined the natural, social and physical constraints to develop three alternative corridors.  The locally preferred alternative provides one 12-foot wide travel lane in each direction, a 16-foot wide landscaped median, 5-foot wide paved shoulders, an open swale drainage system, and bicycle/pedestrian features that include either designated bicycle lanes with sidewalks, or a multi-use path on the east side of the corridor.  The proposed stormwater design provides treatment and retention/detention accommodated alongside the roadway.

The purpose of the Wabash Avenue extension is to provide local and regional connectivity that advances the long-term transportation objectives within the southwest area of Lakeland.  This new facility will enhance local access and connectivity by better-connecting adjacent land uses, and providing an alternate north-south route for local traffic for nearby state facilities.  In addition, this project is also part of a continuous 9.5-mile north-south corridor planned to provide a connection between two major arterials.

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SR 10 (US 90A/Nine Mile Road) PD&E Reevaluation Study
Escambia County, Florida

DRMP performed this reevaluation which involved proposed improvements to SR 10 (US 90A/Nine Mile Road) from SR 297 (Pine Forest Road) to SR 95 (US 29), approximately 2.2 miles. This two-lane roadway segment was included in a previous Type 2 Categorical Exclusion PD&E approved in May 1992. The reevaluation, which included community input and a public involvement meeting, determined a 4-lane suburban typical section with 30 feet of median and sidewalks reduced was the preferred option. Responsibilities involved the preparation of many documents including a pond siting report, wetland and listed species evaluation, contamination screening study, noise study, air quality study, and utility assessment package.

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I-10/US 29 Interchange Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study Reevaluation
FDOT District Three

DRMP conducted the reevaluation study to update the original PD&E Study and to verify the results of the Interchange Modification Report (IMR) relative to project need and concept development.  The reevaluation of the proposed improvements included the SR 8(I-10)/SR 95 (US 29) interchange as well as the proposed widening of I-10 from the US 29 interchange to a point just west of the recently improved I-10/I-110 interchange in Escambia County, Fla.  These services include Public Involvement, Preliminary Engineering, Environmental Impact Assessments and Project Documentation necessary to identify the most viable alternative to minimize social, economic and environmental impacts.  A total of 7 alternative interchange configurations were developed and evaluated. The Reevaluation documented any potential changes in the design concept or design criteria as well as potential changes in impact status and commitment compliance documented in the original PD&E Study. The study resulted in a final IMR design concept in addition to an interim (Phase I) concept for near-term implementation. 

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Sanford Amtrak Autotrain Gateway Improvements PD&E Study
FDOT District Five

DRMP is performing a PD&E Study to investigate the potential to enhance local access and network connectivity around the Amtrak AutoTrain facilities in Sanford, Fla. The project limits are bordered by Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard on the west; First Street on the north; Pecan Avenue on the east; and McCracken Road on the south. 

Our team is evaluating future improvements to the transportation network surrounding Amtrak’s AutoTrain facilities with the goal of enhancing access and circulation.  The need for improvements is based on the fact that In periods when the Amtrak AutoTrain arrives or is being assembled for departure, the railroad track crossing at Persimmon Avenue can be blocked for lengthy periods of time; often several hours during peak travel seasons in the spring and fall.  During these periods, the Amtrak operations essentially eliminate Persimmon Avenue as a north/south through street in this section of the transportation network.  This presents operational and safety issues for both vehicles and pedestrians that need to cross the railroad tracks.  Amtrak staff has reported pedestrians from the adjacent Goldsboro community crossing between the rail cars.  The study includes evaluation of mobility improvements to and from the AutoTrain terminal related to nearby regionally significant facilities, as well as to address the existing challenges related to accessibility for pedestrians and other modes of transportation along the Aloma Branch tracks, east of Persimmon Avenue, that are utilized by AutoTrain operations.

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