Frequently Asked Questions


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.



What was studied?

This PD&E Study evaluated two facilities within the SW 10th Street corridor. One facility (60 mph) will be a regional connection between adjacent Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) facilities; the Turnpike / Sawgrass Expressway and I-95. The other roadway facility, local SW 10th Street, will be a lower-speed (35 mph), local roadway to address business and community mobility needs. An improved local SW 10th Street facility will address existing operational and safety deficiencies. The proposed improvements also include a 12-foot wide shared use path on the south side of SW 10th Street.



Why was this study 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 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.



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 were multiple opportunities for public input during the PD&E Study. Now that the PD&E Study is complete, additional public engagement will occur through the final design and construction process.

 

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 Street. No other modifications can be performed currently without negatively impacting the side streets. Note that intersection improvements are proposed as part of the SW 10th Street Connector project.



How is this project being funded?

The project involves both State and Federal funding. Click Here for a flyer showing the latest funding for the SW 10th Street Connector and other adjacent projects.



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 was conducted for this PD&E Study and the final document can be found under the "Documents and Publications" tab. Noise walls that are warranted for further evaluation will be coordinated with directly affected property owners during the final design phase.

Click on this link to view the FDOT Noise brochure

And this link for the Federal Highway Administration’s noise brochure:

Federal Highway Administration’s noise brochure

If you would like to view Florida’s Turnpike video regarding noise, please go to this website: Noise Wall Overview Video



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.



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 has coordinated with nearby fire and police departments so that emergency response times or access to properties is not adversely affected by the proposed improvements. Coordination with emergency responders will be maintained during construction to keep them aware of any activities along area roadways.



Why not look at alternate corridors for connecting the limited access/SIS system instead of SW 10th Street?

A region-wide study was completed that determined SW 10th Street would provide the best connection for the limited access connection between Florida's Turnpike/Sawgrass Expressway and I-95. Other area roadways do not have sufficient right-of-way for dual facilities (Connector Road and local road). 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 on the west and the I-95 interchange on the east with a short arterial connecting them.



How long will construction last and when will it begin?

Currently construction is funded in fiscal year 2025 and construction is anticipated to last approximately 4 years. The actual construction days that will be allotted to the contractor will be determined when the preferred alternative enters the final design phase.