About the 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, District Four, is conducting a PD&E Study at the SR 9/I-95 at SR 842/Broward Boulevard Interchange. The project area extends along SR 9/I-95 from south of Davie Boulevard to south of Sunrise Boulevard and on Broward Boulevard from west of SW 24 Avenue to east of NW/SW 18 Avenue. This study developed three viable alternatives and alignments to increase the level of service of the interchange and adjacent intersections, enhance system linkage and modal interrelationships at I-95 and Broward Boulevard, reduce congestion, and increase safety at the interchange through the 2040 design year horizon. The study will be compatible with the 95 Express Lane Improvements Phase 3 and will evaluate comprehensive improvements to the surrounding multimodal facilities.
- Broward County, Florida
- FM Number: 435513-1-22-01
- ETDM Number: 14226
The primary purpose of this study is to develop and evaluate design concepts to improve traffic flow to and from I-95 and along Broward Boulevard, and intermodal connectivity. The proposed improvements will address automobile, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian modes and will ensure the study area continues to meet mobility and safety goals as travel demand continues to grow.
The primary need for this project is to enhance system linkage and modal interrelationships at the I-95/Broward Boulevard interchange.
- Improve traffic flow to and from I-95 and along Broward Boulevard
- Connectivity between the I-95 and Broward Boulevard
- Intermodal connectivity
- Improve connectivity between 95 Express Lanes and Broward Boulevard
- Connections with surrounding intermodal facilities
Secondary considerations for the purpose and need include:
- Capacity: The improvements proposed as part of the interchange project will be developed to complement the I-95 Express Lanes improvements by enhancing existing connectivity within the Park & Ride lots, improving existing I-95/Broward Boulevard terminal intersections, and providing more efficient 95 Express Lane access to and from Broward Boulevard.
- Safety: The improvements are to include safe connections for pedestrians with transit services, circulation of traffic within the Park & Ride lot network, access between the 95 Express Lanes and Broward Boulevard.
- Transportation Demand: The Broward Boulevard Interchange Project PD&E is included in the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2015-2019 and the FDOT Work Program FY 2015-2019.
- Social Demands and Economic Development: Social and economic demands on the I-95 corridor will continue to increase as population and employment increase. These numbers reflect growth rates in Broward County of 13.4 percent for population and 10.4 percent for jobs by 2040. These numbers do not account for growth in commuters from adjacent areas that may use this interchange to access jobs.
- Emergency Evacuation: The project is anticipated to improve emergency evacuation capabilities by enhancing connectivity and accessibility to major arterials designated on the state evacuation route.
Public involvement is a key component to any PD&E Study. There will be continuous community outreach and stakeholder coordination throughout the study process. The following public meetings have been held or will be held for this project:
- The Kick-Off Meeting was held on November 3, 2016 with elected and appointed officials and agencies to apprise them of the specific project location, project status and schedule, and to receive their comments.
- The Public Kick-Off meeting was held on November 9, 2016 to introduce the project to the local stakeholders and the general public and to solicit local comments and concerns on the potential improvements.
- The Alternatives Public Meeting will be scheduled for September 2017.
- A Public Hearing is scheduled for March 18, 2019, with an open house at 5:30 p.m. and a presentation at 6:00 p.m., at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.
In addition to the scheduled public meetings, it is anticipated that there will be up to three additional meetings held for elected and appointed officials, public agencies, and civic groups. The purpose of these meetings will be to apprise the attendees of the project status and specific location and design concepts, as well as to receive input from the public. If you or your organization would like to schedule a meeting about the study, please contact Anson Sonnett, FDOT Project Manager. To view the Complete Public Involvement Plan, click here.