Simpson Road PD&E FAQ
What is a PD&E Study?
A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study is prepared to determine physical, natural, social and cultural impacts associated with a project. It is conducted to document the following information:
- Need for the project;
- Benefits and impacts to the community and environment;
- Design options; and
During the study, the project team will work with the public to get input and identify the best solution. Several outreach opportunities will be provided, including:
- Website with project updates (www.ImproveSimpsonRoad.com);
- Public workshops and meetings; and
- Public Hearing.
When the study is complete, one of two recommendations is made:
- Build Alternative
- No-Build Alternative
How long will the study last?
The PD&E Study concluded on May 11, 2020 with the Location and Design Concept Acceptance.
How far into the future will the study consider?
The study will consider traffic demands estimated to occur in 2045.
What is the next step after the PD&E Study?
If a Build Alternative is selected, the next step will be the design of the roadway improvements, right-of- way acquisition followed by construction.
Who decides which alternative will be implemented?
The project team will recommend an alternative to the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners and the Board will decide on which alternative will be implemented.
How long will it be for the improvement to be completed?
If a build alternative is selected, design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction could take five to six years. Thus, it is possible that the improvement could be completed by 2025.
How is the improvement being funded?
The County is funding the existing PD&E Study using Mobility Fees collected from developers. The County will also fund future design, right-of-way acquisition and construction phases of the project.
Why hasn’t Simpson Road been widened already?
Improving Simpson Road is a top priority of the County; however, there are limited funds to improve transportation. The County has been focusing on completion of Hoagland Boulevard, which is now funded for construction to begin approximately sometime in October 2018. Now the County is able to focus on options for improving Simpson Road moving forward. Phase 2, 3, and 4 are currently in design. Information about the design phase of the project can be found here.