Introduction

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (FTE), part of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for improvements to Florida’s Turnpike (SR 821) from US 1 (south of Palm Drive ) to Campbell Drive in Miami-Dade County.

The purpose of this PD&E study is to develop and evaluate project alternatives that would:

  • improve operations and safety
  • accommodate travel demands
  • improve evacuation and emergency response times
Project Development Process Graphic

The PD&E study is the second phase of the FDOT project development process. Each PD&E study requires the combined efforts of professional engineers, planners and scientists, who collect and analyze project-related information to determine social, economic, physical and environmental impacts. Afterward they develop the best solution for a community’s transportation needs.

Click here to see the PD&E Process video.

Noise Studies are performed in the PD&E phase and the Design phase, and re-evaluated if there is a major change in design to the roadway.

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Project Background

FTE identified the need to widen this portion of the Florida’s Turnpike (SR 821 ) to add capacity that will accommodate future traffic volumes of freight and passenger vehicles linked to the projected growth in population for the year 2045. Also, the Palm Drive and US 1 intersection experiences heavy traffic congestion which backs up onto Florida’s Turnpike interchange ramps and mainline. Without improvements, traffic congestion and collisions will increase. The project improvements will include:

  • widening of Florida’s Turnpike to six lanes
  • modifications to the existing US 1 interchange
  • a potential new interchange at Lucy Street and SW 328th Street

 

The No-Build (No Action) alternative will also be analyzed and compared against the Build alternatives during the PD&E study.

The study segment is the southern-most three miles of the 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. Together, FTE is coordinating with FDOT District Six, Miami-Dade County and local public officials to develop acceptable transportation solutions.

Study Area

The project limits are from US 1, south of Palm Drive, to Campbell Drive, a distance of approximately 3 miles.

Florida's Turnpike Road Map

Environment

The potential social, economic and environmental effects of the project alternatives will be identified, along with potential mitigation measures. A State Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) is the expected level of environmental documentation required for this project.

Innovation

FTE is at the forefront of planning for a safer, more efficient, and technologically advanced transportation system for the future. FTE continually seeks opportunities to integrate emerging transportation technologies that can help reduce congestion, create mobility choices, minimize environmental impacts and improve safety. FTE also recognizes that connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies hold unprecedented opportunities for enhancing mobility and increasing safety on our roadways.

If you have an idea for a technology or innovation that you would like to be considered as part of this study, please reach out to one of the contacts in the Stay Connected section below.

Schedule

Schedule is subject to change.

Stay Connected

Project inquires, comments, innovation/technology ideas, or requests to be added to the project mailing list, can be mailed or emailed to:

Jazlyn Heywood, P.E.

Project Manager for Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (Atkins team)

Rax Jung, PH.D, P.E.

Project Development Engineer
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

For information in Spanish, please contact:

Para information en espańol por favor contacte:

Henry Pinzon, P.E.

Environmental Management Engineer
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

Media inquiries should be directed to the FDOT, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, Public Information Office using the contact information below:

Juliette Valencia

Community Outreach Manager
Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise (WSP USA)

If you choose to provide feedback on this site or in an email, such information is a public record under Florida’s Government in the Sunshine Laws and available for public inspection upon demand. Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, or family status.

If you need special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or require translation services (free of charge), please contact the Project Manager using the contact information listed on this page. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD) or 955-8770 (voice).