SR 869/SW 10th Street Connector from Florida’s Turnpike/Sawgrass Expressway to SR 9/I-95
What exactly is a PD&E Study?
A PD&E Study is the environmental and engineering evaluation process that follows all requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, as well as all Federal and State laws and regulations. It is a formal process that FDOT uses to ensure that all potential engineering, environmental and social impacts are evaluated and public input carefully considered in the development of major transportation projects. The basic steps of a PD&E Study include data collection, development and analysis of the alternatives, development of project documents and final approval. Public outreach is a very important part of the PD&E process and there will be several opportunities during this study for the public to provide input on the project.
What is being studied?
This PD&E Study will evaluate two facilities within the SW 10th Street corridor. One facility will be a regional connection between adjacent Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) facilities; the Turnpike / Sawgrass Expressway and I-95. The other roadway facility to be evaluated will be a lower-speed, local roadway to address business and community mobility needs. An improved local SW 10th Street facility will address existing operational and safety deficiencies along SW 10th Street between Florida’s Turnpike/Sawgrass Expressway and SR 9/I-95. Multimodal, pedestrian and bicycle features will also be included.
Why is this study being conducted?
SW 10th Street is an east-west principal arterial that connects three limited access facilities: Florida’s Turnpike, Sawgrass Expressway, and I-95. SW 10th Street is part of the state’s Strategic Intermodal System and the National Highway System. SW 10th Street from Florida’s Turnpike to I-95 is a missing link in the existing and planned regional express lanes network. In addition, SW 10th Street is designated as an evacuation route. Traffic volumes along SR 869/SW 10th Street from Florida’s Turnpike/Sawgrass Expressway to SR 9/I-95 have consistently increased over the past 15 years and are projected to continue to grow. During peak times, existing traffic levels exceed the capacity of the roadway, causing safety and operational issues along the corridor.
What are the goals of this study?
There are multiple goals for the study that include: to provide a regional connection between the Turnpike / Sawgrass Expressway and I-95 with an express lane type facility; to enhance local access and mobility with an improved SW 10th Street roadway with bike lanes and sidewalks; to allow for future transit in the corridor; and to increase capacity and address the operational and safety deficiencies along the corridor. Alternatives will be developed to meet each of these goals while minimizing adverse social and environmental effects.
For more information on express lanes, the Florida’s Turnpike express lane video can be viewed by clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/mdVDEU5UVb4
How can I get involved?
Please contact the project team! You can use this website, email, mail or call the project manager. The project team encourages public involvement and welcomes all input. There will be multiple occasions for you to provide feedback to the team at the Alternatives Workshop, scheduled for March 2018 and the Public Hearing, scheduled for December 2018. The project team is also available for other meetings with interested groups as needed.
As the study progresses, the website will be updated with the information presented at each public meeting.
Elected/Agency and Public Kick-off Meetings were held Wednesday, November 15, 2017. More information is posted under the Public Involvement section of this website. If you would like to be added to the project mailing list, please provide your name and mailing address by clicking here. We welcome your comments!
Can traffic and signals be improved?
Broward County previously optimized existing signals to extend green time on SW 10th St. No other modifications can be performed currently without negatively impacting the side streets. Note that the addition of turn lanes will be analyzed at each intersection which can help to improve the level of service.
How is this project being funded?
The state has programmed 57% of the budge and the Federal Highway Administration has programmed 43%.
How will property values be affected?
FDOT does not keep statistics on increases or decreases of property values associated with transportation improvement projects. However, third party studies have been reviewed and are inconclusive on the positive or negative effects of transportation projects on property values due to the number of variables involved and the uniqueness of each project and project area.
What will be done to reduce future noise?
FDOT follows guidelines put forth by the Federal Highway Administration and the State of Florida as it pertains to noise analysis and construction of noise walls. Below are some links to brochures and brief videos on the noise evaluation process and criteria.
A noise study is being conducted as a part of this study and results will be available at / or before the Public Hearing. Any feasible noise abatement measures that are warranted will be closely coordinated with any and all affected stakeholders.
Click on this link to view the FDOT Noise brochure
And this link for the Federal Highway Administration’s noise brochure:
If you would like to view Florida’s Turnpike video regarding noise, please go to this website: http://www.floridasturnpike.com/content/Construction/noisewall.mp4
Will I lose access to my property?
No. Access to everyone’s property will remain open during construction and after improvements are made. If any modifications to access patterns are required, these will be thoroughly explored and coordinated with the affected communities. An access management analysis will be performed during the study to determine if existing or proposed accesses, such as median openings (full or partial), are needed.
How will this improve emergency response time?
In general, removing traffic and congestion from the local facility will allow response vehicles to reach their destination easier and quicker. FDOT staff will coordinate with all fire and police departments so that emergency response times or access to properties is not adversely affected during construction or after improvements are constructed. Coordination with emergency responders will be maintained during construction to keep them aware of any activities along area roadways.
Why not look into alternate corridors for connecting the managed lane system instead of SW 10th Street?
A region-wide study was completed that determined SW 10th Street would provide the best connection for the managed lanes from the Turnpike/Sawgrass Expressway to I-95. Other area roadways do not have sufficient right-of-way for the managed lanes in addition to providing a local roadway. The SW 10th Street corridor is a logical choice as well due to the fact that it is book-ended by the Sawgrass Expressway / Turnpike interchange and the I-95 interchange at the eastern end of the corridor with a short connecting corridor between them, thus connecting three very important Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) roadways. SIS facilities are those that carry the highest priority in the state for the movement of people, goods and services to help promote economic vitality throughout a region.
How long will construction last and when will it begin?
Currently construction is scheduled to begin in 2025. The timeframe for construction will be based upon the Preferred Alternative which will be chosen following the Public Hearing. An approximate construction duration will be estimated once alternatives are refined. The actual construction days that will be allotted to the contractor will be determined when the preferred alternative enters the final design phase.