Widen Turnpike (SR 91) PD&E

About The Project

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), part of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for Florida’s Turnpike in Miami-Dade County from US 1, south of Palm Drive (SW 344th Street/SR 9336), to Campbell Drive (NW 8th Street), a distance of approximately 3 miles.

FTE identified the need to widen this portion of Florida’s Turnpike (SR 821) to provide additional traffic capacity and improve safety to meet the anticipated traffic growth through the year 2045, and to provide improved evacuation and emergency response times.

The Palm Drive/US 1 intersection is currently experiencing heavy traffic congestion that backs up onto Florida’s Turnpike interchange ramps at US 1, causing delay and traffic build up on Florida’s Turnpike Mainline. Without improvements, traffic congestion and collisions will increase, and extensive delay to drivers will result.

Study Background

Florida’s Turnpike is a north–south toll road that runs approximately 313 miles through 11 counties in the Florida peninsula. Florida’s Turnpike System serves more than two million customers each day.

The study segment is the southernmost three miles of Florida’s Turnpike System that links the Florida Keys, Florida City and the City of Homestead to the greater Miami-Dade County region and northward through Florida. Several prior studies conducted by local and county officials identified the need for traffic improvements at this study location. FTE is coordinating with FDOT District Six, Miami-Dade County and local public officials to develop acceptable transportation solutions.

The proposed corridor improvements will bring many additional benefits to the community such as:

 

  • reduce congestion
  • enhanced mobility options for longer trips
  • improved evacuation and emergency response times.

This can be accomplished with a focus on avoiding and minimizing social, physical and environmental impacts

 

This PD&E study will evaluate capacity and interchange improvements that will include:

 

  • new limited access (toll) lanes
  • modifications to existing interchanges

 

Study Area

The project limits are from US 1, south of Palm Drive, to Campbell Drive, a distance of approximately 3 miles, in Miami-Dade County (see project location map below).

 

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Environment

This PD&E study will be conducted to identify and evaluate potential environmental effects that may result from widening this section of Florida’s Turnpike. The study includes engineering services to develop concept plans that will be used to consider all social, economic, and environmental effects, and identify potential mitigation measures as required by FDOT PD&E Manual. The study includes preparation of the required environmental documents, engineering reports, and public involvement activities.

A State Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) is the expected level of environmental documentation required for this project.

The project development process begins with high-level planning of a project, continues through preliminary design and ultimately into construction. This study is in the PD&E Phase. As part of this effort, the corridor’s existing conditions and future traffic needs for the year 2045 are assessed and concepts are developed to meet the 2045 design year transportation needs. The concepts are presented at an Alternatives Public Information Meeting for the public to provide feedback. The project team then reviews the public input and refines the concepts. A Public Hearing would then be scheduled to present to the public the recommended concept for public comments. Comments from the Public Hearing would be considered in further concept refinement as the study is finalized.

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Innovation

Using Emerging Technology to Improve Quality of Life

The future of transportation is already here. FTE is leading the region by planning safer, more efficient, and more technologically advanced corridors for the future. Emerging transportation technologies will be considered in the PD&E study to address the transportation goals and needs along the corridor.

The PD&E study will identify corridor improvements that will:

reduced congestion create mobility choices improve safety enhance evacuation routes

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FTE is also identifying potential solutions that embrace emerging transportation technologies. As FTE looks to integrate all of these project goals into the overall design, a key element of the project will be consideration for new, emerging transportation technologies. There are several technologies that can be accommodated in a new corridor to help improve safety, create efficiency, and minimize environmental impacts.

Do you have an idea for a technology or innovation to be considered as part of this study? Click here and submit your idea.

Schedule

The PD&E study began in the fall of 2017 and is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2019. Over the next several months, FTE will continue the engineering and environmental analyses and identification of viable alternatives within the project limits. These viable alternatives will be presented at a future Alternatives Public Information Meeting tentatively scheduled for late spring of 2019.

 

Documents

It is anticipated that an Alternatives Public Meeting will be held in late spring 2019. A Public Hearing will be held at the end of 2019. All meeting documents will be posted on this site for public review.

Continue to check this web page, www.TurnpikeSouthMiamiDade.com, for project updates.

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