The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) conducted a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study Reevaluation for SR 45 (US 41) from SR 44 to the vicinity of CR 488. The reevaluation focused on proposed preliminary design changes in the portion of the project from SR 44 to SR 200.
The objective of the PD&E study reevaluation was to provide documented information and analyses which would help the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reach a decision on the type, design and location of the necessary improvements along US 41 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 US 41from SR 44 to SR 200.
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 were be the starting points for the final design phase.
The purpose of this study was to reevaluate the FHWA-approved US 41 Type II Categorical Exclusion (CE) completed in February 1996. This reevaluation analyzed the proposed preliminary design from that study, between SR 44 to SR 200, to determine if it remains the most viable alternative. Impacts associated with the social, cultural natural and physical environment that may have occurred since the approval of the environmental document shall also be identified.
The purpose of the project was to improve the level of service for future traffic.
The proposed project, located within the city of Inverness and unincorporated areas of Citrus County, involves widening US 41 between SR 44 and the vicinity of CR 488. The total project length is approximately 25 km (15.6 mi). This reevaluation studies preliminary design changes from SR 44 to SR 200, a distance of approximately 10.3 km (6.4 mi).
The FDOT proposes to widen the existing two-lane rural highway to an urban four-lane divided and five-lane highway.