Project Objectives

PD&E Study Objectives:

The objective of this study is to determine the best alternative to provide mobility and safety improvements for State Road 45 (US 41) through the project limits.

Various alignment, design and safety improvements will be evaluated to determine the economic, environmental and social benefits and impacts associated with each option. This comparative analysis, together with input received from the public, will serve as the basis for selection of the recommended improvement.

The scope of services describes the scope of work to be performed and the responsibilities of the consultant and the DOT in connection with the preliminary engineering (conceptual design), and environmental studies necessary to comply with DOT procedures and to obtain Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Location and Design Concept Acceptance (LDCA) of the study to widen and rehabilitate (two to four lanes) of State Road 45 from 111th Place Lane to approximately S.W. 61st Street in Marion County, Florida.

Design Phase Objectives:
The PD&E Study was completed in June 2011 upon receiving LDCA. The project is currently in the final design phase, where detailed design plans are being prepared. The development of right-of-way maps begins shortly in preparation for the right-of-way acquisition phase, currently scheduled for 2018. The project is not currently funded for construction.

The design plans entail the reconstruction of the existing roadway from two to four lanes and includes grassed medians, paved shoulders, sidewalks, driveway reconstruction, and full and directional median openings.