What is a PD&E Study?

A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study is a step in the Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) highway development process. A PD&E Study assists the FDOT in determining the location, conceptual design and social, economic and environmental effects of the proposed roadway improvements. During the PD&E Study process, feasible alternatives are developed for roadway improvement projects. These "Build" alternatives are evaluated based on environmental, engineering and socioeconomic conditions, safety needs and public input. The need for additional right-of-way for stormwater and environmental mitigation will also be evaluated during the PD&E Study phase. The "No-Build" alternative is evaluated throughout the study process. This "No-Build" alternative leaves the existing roadways as they are, with only routine maintenance as required.

If the Study results in a "Build" alternative being selected, the project may proceed to the next phase, which is the Design Phase.