Accelerated PD&E Study Saves Times and Money
Stanley Consultants performed an accelerated project development and environment (PD&E) study on a roadway capacity improvement project to transform Florida’s SR 847 from a two-lane undivided roadway to a four-lane urban facility.
The firm evaluated four alternative designs and selected the option that will increase roadway capacity and mobility, improve overall safety and transit access, and achieve ADA compliance. Public input was gathered through door-to-door canvassing, public meetings and workshops, and was incorporated by integrating driveway access, wider sidewalks, bike lanes, improved transit facilities, landscaping, and a trial connection into project features.
Stanley Consultants enacted a new method of coordination with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to accommodate the accelerated schedule, which called for the design phase to begin immediately after the public workshop, thereby eliminating the final conceptual plan phase. Regular monthly meetings were held with FDOT design staff to keep personnel abreast of progress and to receive consensus rapidly on decisions.
The study was completed ahead of schedule, allowing FDOT to initiate preliminary design at the public workshop stage concurrently with the PD&E study, saving eight months of schedule time and approximately $2.6 million.