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SR 5/US-1 Federal Highway Bridge Project Development & Environment (PD&E) Study

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Q. What exactly is a PD&E Study?

A. A PD&E Study is the formal process that FDOT uses to ensure that consideration is given to mobility, engineering, design, project costs, environmental and social impacts and public input 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 involvement is a very important part of the PD&E process and there will be several formal opportunities during this study for the public to provide input on the project.

Q. What is being studied?

A. The Federal Highway Bridge (Bridge Identification Number 930005) is a low-level bascule bridge originally constructed in 1958 and located in the Town of Jupiter, Palm Beach County. It spans over Loxahatchee River connecting communities within the Town of Jupiter to the south and the Village of Tequesta to the north.

Q. Why is this study being conducted?

A. In September 2014 the bridge was structurally inspected and received a sufficiency rating of providing justification for replacement. The deck and superstructure and of the bridge obtained satisfactory ratings, yet the corrosive condition and the poor rating of the substructure deemed the bridge structurally insufficient. Additionally, the bridge does not meet all the navigational guide clearance requirements set forth by the United States Coast Guard (USCG). The USCG minimum horizontal clearance requirement for a bascule bridge is 125 feet, with a minimum vertical clearance of 21 feet above the Mean High Water (MHW). The existing bridge has a vertical clearance of 21 feet over the MHW elevation at the face of the fenders and 25 feet at the center of the channel but is deficient in horizontal clearance with only 80 feet clearance between fenders.

The current bridge is also deficient in bicycle and pedestrian accommodations with no sidewalks or bicycle lanes. Based on various studies conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) over the last several years, project stakeholders including the Town of Jupiter and the Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), expressed that the need to provide sidewalks and accommodate bicycle traffic in the project area, as the existing bridge does not provide dedicated facilities for these modes of travel and based on the bridge inspection and engineering evaluation it is not feasible to add these facilities to the existing bridge structure.

Q. What are the goals of the study?

A. Improved safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, improved traffic operation, and minimization of environmental impacts associated with improvements. To view the goals of the study in more detail, please visit our About the Study page.

Q. How can I get involved?

A. All PD&E studies require a Public Involvement Program (PIP) to inform and involve all interested public officials, citizens and special interest groups about the development of transportation projects. The PIP starts at the beginning of the study phase to get input from all concerned parties along the project corridor.

As the study progresses, interested people, property owners, groups, state and local officials, and government organizations will receive project-related information through newsletters, public information meetings, public inquiries, this website, and via a Public Hearing.

A Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Click Here for details. 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!