I-95 Gateway Boynton Interchanges Project
The study started in May 2015 and is expected to be completed in June 2017. This schedule shows some of the key milestones for the study.
Understanding Key Terms
- Data Collection is a review of environmental and engineering existing conditions, traffic counts, existing and future land use, drainage, wetlands, endangered species habitat, potential contamination sites, traffic noise levels, and air quality.
- Public Kick-off Meeting is a meeting to introduce the project to the public, interested stakeholders and agencies, and to invite these interested parties to learn more about the study process. The Kick-off Meeting for this study will take place on September 17, 2015.
- Develop and Evaluate Alternatives includes environmental evaluations and engineering analyses to develop alternatives that meet the needs of the project area, and are environmentally responsible, socially acceptable, and cost effective.
- Alternatives Public Meeting is a public meeting where interested persons, local officials, and agencies can review the different proposed alternatives for the project and provide feedback. A range of alternatives will be considered for this project including four-lane alternatives as well as a “No Build” alternative. The “No Build” or no project alternative will remain a valid alternative throughout the study process. Under the “No Build” alternative, no improvements would be made.
- Finalize Draft Engineering and Environmental Documents when evaluations are documented and the potential impacts to the natural, physical, and social environments are assessed, including wildlife habitat, public lands, wetland locations, archaeological and historic sites, and community issues and concerns.
- Public Hearing is required for all federal and state funded major transportation improvements prior to a final decision being made on the project. This meeting allows the public, interested stakeholders, and agencies to comment on the project for the official public record.
- FHWA Acceptance is when the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reviews the project documentation and recommendations and then provides Location and Design Concept Acceptance (LDCA) for the transportation improvement(s). A PD&E study is completed when LDCA is received and an ad is published in the local newspaper to let the general public know the study recommendation has been approved and the project will move into the Design Phase.