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Future Transportation Projects within the Loxahatchee River Basin Florida Department of Transportation District IV 3400 W. Commercial Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 Photo by Jeff Ripple
FDOT District 4 Work ProgramLoxahatchee River Basin • I-95 – widening, add HOV lanes • from Don Ross Rd to SR 706 - Oct. 2007 • From SR 706 to St. Lucie Co. – Year 2011 • I-95 resurfacing – SR 76 to St. Lucie Co. – Oct. 2007 • SR 706 from the Turnpike to Chasewood Plaza – Aug. 2007 • I-95 ITS installation - June 2007
Current Activities • ETDM Screening • Wildlife Crossing Survey • Collect Traffic Data
WHAT IS ETDM? • A GIS based software program that allows agencies the opportunity to post comments regarding the proposed transportation improvement project.
Current Activities-ETDM SFWMD – coordinate with LRCC, coordinate with CERP, coordinate with Park FDEP – coordinate with LRCC, coordinate with CERP, coordinate with Park No comments from Department of Interior regarding W&S
Culvert/Bridge Crossing Usage Survey • nongame species • Vehicle/pedestrian activities
Preliminary Traffic Study • Initial Analysis indicates need for additional capacity – one additional lane in each direction (This was determined by developing a long term Average Annual Daily Traffic forecast based on current and planned future developments)
Purpose • Start data collection early to identify issues up front to allow input from stakeholders that will be useful during the PD&E study • Does the bridge profile need to be studied?
Agency Coordination Agency coordination required for transportation projects within the Loxahatchee River Basin: Loxahatchee River • Wild and Scenic River • Section 4(f) property Jonathan Dickinson State Park • Section 4(f) property
FDOT Coordination for Wild and Scenic Rivers Coordination with National Park Service (NPS): • Coordination letter describing the proposed activities is submitted to NPS for review and comment • NPS must respond within 30 days • NPScomments should be incorporated into the appropriate PD&E Document
Compensation for Unavoidable Impacts • Mitigation for impacts to wetlands and/or park land would be required for unavoidable impacts from FDOT projects • Agencies (South Florida Water Management District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) prefer mitigation to be: • In kind • Within the same drainage basin as the impact • FDOT will need potential mitigation areas/projects within the basin