The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has conducted a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study Reevaluation for proposed improvements to a 6.7-mile segment of S.R. 200 that extends from U.S. 41 (S.R. 45) in Citrus County to just north of the Marion County Line.
The objective of the PD&E Study Reevaluation was to evaluate proposed changes to the original Federal Highway Administration (FHW A) PD&E Study (approved November 25, 1996) and document their effect. This Reevaluation will help the FHW A reach a decision on the type, design, and location of the necessary improvements along S.R. 200 to accommodate the future traffic demand in a safe and efficient manner. The fundamental goal of the PD&E Study Reevaluation was to identify the most appropriate conceptual design for the upgrading of S.R. 200.
The PD&E Study Reevaluation satisfied the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in order to qualify the project’s design, right-of-way acquisition, and/or construction phase for federal funding.
Study Purpose and Need
The purpose of this report was to document the engineering analysis performed to support decisions related to project alternatives. In addition, it summarized existing conditions, documented the purpose of, and need for, the project, and documented other engineering, environmental, and social data related to preliminary design concepts. These preliminary design concepts established the functional or conceptual design requirements.
The purpose of this study was to reevaluate the FHW A-approved S.R. 200 Type 2 Categorical Exclusion (CE) completed in November 1996. This Reevaluation used current data and standards to re-assess the proposed preferred alternative and preliminary design from that study.
The purpose of the project was to improve the operational level of service for future traffic.
This Reevaluation evaluated the engineering and environmental effects associated with an improved S.R. 200. In addition, the existing and Design Year (2025) conditions were addressed, including a No-Build Alternative, in order to determine the most appropriate improvement for this section of S.R. 200. After a detailed and comprehensive analysis, along with coordinating the effects with the local officials, and the involvement of the general public, the Study Reevaluation concluded that without capacity improvements, S.R. 200 would deteriorate to an unacceptable level.
Thus, a build alternative was deemed appropriate for improvement of S.R. 200. To determine the appropriate build alternative, this project was divided into four segments as follows:
- Segment 1 – Project Southern Terminus to East Lake Park Drive
- Segment 2 – East Lake Park Drive to North of East Chappell Court
- Segment 3 – North of East Chappell Court to North of East Elise Court
- Segment 4 – North of East Elise Court to Project Northern Terminus
The Preferred Alternative is summarized below:
- Segment 1: From Project Southern Terminus to East Lake Park Drive
The Preferred Alternative remains a four-lane urban typical section with 12-foot lanes, four-foot bicycle lanes, five-foot sidewalks and 22-foot raised median within a 100-foot right-of-way. The alignment is centered within the existing 100 feet of right-of-way. Additional right-of-way acquisition will be limited to ponds. The alignment and typical section are consistent with the recommendation of the original PD&E Study.
- Segment 2: From East Lake Park Drive to North of East Chappell Court
The new Preferred Alternative is a four-lane suburban typical section with 12-foot lanes, eight foot (five-foot paved) outside shoulders and 30-foot median (22Cfoot raised median with 4-foot paved shoulders in each direction) within a proposed 180-foot right-of-way. The alignment is shifted west and maintains the eastern existing right-of-way limit. The alignment is consistent with the recommendation of the original PD&E Study. However, the original PD&E Study recommended a rural typical section within a proposed 200-foot right-of-way.
- Segment 3: From North of East Chappell Court to North of East Elise Court
The new Preferred Alternative is a four-lane suburban typical section with 12-foot lanes, eight foot (five-foot paved) outside shoulders, and 30-foot mediau (22-foot raised median with 4-foot paved shoulders in each direction within a proposed 180-foot right-of-way. The alignment is shifted west and maintains the eastern existing right-of-way limit. The alignment is consistent with the recommendation of the original PD&E Study. However, the original PD&E Study recommended a rural typical section within a proposed 200-foot right-of-way.
- Segment 4: From North of East Elise Court to the Project’s Northern Terminus
The Preferred Alternative remains a four-lane rural typical section with 12-foot laues, 10-foot (5 feet paved) outside shoulders and 40-foot mediau within a proposed 200-foot right-of-way. The alignment continues the widening to the west before shifting to the east side, just beyond the S.R. 200 / C.R. 491 intersection. The alignment continues with widening to the east, crossing the Withlacoochee River and terminating at the project’s northern terminus. The typical section and proposed alignment are consistent with the original PD&E Study. The existing two-lane bridge crossing the Withlacoochee River will be removed and replaced with dual two-lane bridges.