SR 600 (US 92) Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study Reevaluation: The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is currently completing a Project Development & Environment (PD&E) study reevaluation to consider widening a portion of SR 600 (US 92) in Hillsborough County.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) conducted a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study for the improvement of the US Highway 92 (US 92)/State Road 600 (SR 600) corridor between Garden Lane (milepost 6.583) and County Line Road (milepost 24.593), in Hillsborough County, Florida.
The objective of the PD&E study was to provide documented information and analyses which will help FDOT reach a decision on the type, design and location of the necessary improvements along US 92 to accommodate the future traffic demand in a safe and efficient manner. The PD&E study also satisfies the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in order to receive federal funding for the design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction of the project.
This report documents the information necessary to confirm the need for this project and develops and evaluates various improvement alternatives as they relate to the transportation facility. Information relating to the engineering and environmental characteristics essential for alignment and analytical decisions was collected. Once sufficient data were available, alignment criteria were set and alternatives were developed. Comparison of alternatives was based on a variety of parameters using a matrix format. This analytical process identified the alternative that would have the least impact while providing the necessary improvements. The design year of the analysis was Year 2015.
Study Purpose and Need
This report identifies the current and future deficiencies that should be expected along us 92 if the existing geometric characteristics are maintained, and presents feasible improvement alternatives that will meet future traffic demands. This report documents the development of all improvement alternatives after consideration of socioeconomic, cultural and environmental impacts, identifies the most viable alternative, and presents the reasons for rejecting other alternatives.
US 92 (SR 600) is an east/west primary arterial facility that, within the project limits, runs approximately parallel to Interstate 4 (I-4). Part of the project is located within the city of Plant City while the remainder of the project is located in unincorporated Hillsborough County.
US 92 is currently a two-lane rural roadway from Garden Lane to just east of Thonotosassa Road. Approximately 650 feet east of Thonotosassa Road near Mobley Street, US 92 is divided and forms a one-way pair system using Thonotosassa Road and Reynolds Street for eastbound travel and Baker Street for westbound travel. Both the eastbound and westbound segments of the one way pair consist of two travel lanes. Segments of Reynolds Street also provide curbside parking on both sides.
The one-way pair system extends for approximately two miles through downtown Plant City and converges near Gordon Street. East of Gordon Street to Park Road, US 92 is a four-lane, urban, divided facility. East of Park Road, US 92 is a two-lane rural facility. The existing speed limits along US 92 vary from 30 mph in downtown Plant City to 55 mph along the rural segments.