WHAT IS SOUTHWEST CONNECT™?
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District One is embarking on a program that will lead to the long-term build out of the interstate corridors in Southwest Florida, first envisioned by prior planning studies. This effort will allow District One to analyze and put in place an integrated and comprehensive transportation solution, that meets the needs of the near term, and accommodate the evolving and innovative transportation solutions of tomorrow.
Southwest Florida is one of the fastest growing areas of the country. This type of population growth requires investments in transportation infrastructure to support the demand for services, new industries, new businesses, and most importantly new jobs. The Southwest Connect program includes multiple interstate improvement projects focused on improving mobility and providing transportation options to support the region’s economic development. Each project within the program is expected to move people and goods safely and efficiently while balancing regional transportation needs with community concerns. [Read More]
PLANNING AND FEASIBILITY PHASE:
Project Limits: Interstate 75 (I-75) from Collier Blvd (SR 951) to Moccasin Wallow Rd and Interstate 4 (I-4) from west of SR 570 (Polk Parkway) to west of US 27)
The first phase of the Interstate Managed Lanes projects is a Planning and Feasibility Study to define the interstate’s needs in terms of future improvements and to identify what strategies and types of improvements can best meet these needs. This phase allows FDOT to focus future efforts and funding by prioritizing the most critical areas. The Study analyzes the existing and expected future traffic, or demand, on the interstate system. This long-range, holistic approach provides a regional perspective to identify the areas where future demand is predicted and to assist in defining the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study limits for the I-75 and I-4 corridors. Improvements identified in this phase may include widening, modifying interchanges, and evaluating requests for new interchanges. Upon defining the PD&E Study limits, improvements identified within the PD&E Study limits will be incorporated into the Interstate PD&E process with those falling outside the PD&E Study limits will be evaluated separately.
PROJECT DEVELOPMENT & ENVIRONMENT (PD&E) STUDY PHASE:
Within the Southwest Connect program, there are currently three project segments that are either in or entering their PD&E study phase. Find out more information on each PD&E Study project segment by clicking its link below.