Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Preliminary Engineering Study?
A Preliminary Engineering Study is the process being used by St. Johns County to assess potential impacts that may result to the environment from the implementation of the proposed transportation improvements.
A number of environmental, social and engineering studies are conducted as part of the process. With the information gathered for the study, various roadway alignments are being analyzed to determine the most viable and reasonable alternative. This information is shared with the public through a series of meetings and other means to ensure that individuals along the corridor have an opportunity to participate in the decision making process.
The Preliminary Engineering process concludes with the development of an engineering report and accompanying support documents that identify the recommended alternative, describe its potential effects, and document those items that St. Johns County has committed to do as part of the project's implementation.
The study includes the selection of a preferred alignment and the development of right of way drawings for it.
Why is this study being conducted?
In 1995 St. Johns County and the Florida Department of Transportation signed the I-95 Variance Agreement. The focus of this agreement is the construction of a new transportation facility that will provide a local traffic reliever for I-95. This study encompasses the early design and environment phases required to meet the conditions of the I-95 Variance Agreement.
We know the traffic is increasing. Why are these studies needed?
The goal of this study is to perform a comprehensive evaluation of several alignments in the corridor, recommend and secure approval for the preferred alignment, and perform sufficient engineering design to proceed with the right of way acquisition process.
Are other study area projects being taken into consideration?
Yes, we are coordinating with all other St. Johns County and FDOT transportation projects. Additionally, coordination with all land development projects is occurring in order to avoid conflicts.
I own property along the existing road. Will these improvement plans take my house?
St. Johns County will identify the property needed for this improvement. Any individual that owns property in the study area is encouraged to stay in touch with St. Johns County and the study team throughout the project development.
What issues will be considered when choosing an alternative?
The following factors will be considered in the analyses of alternatives.
- Future traffic demand
- Social impacts (residential neighborhoods)
- Environmental impacts (wetlands)
- Cost (land acquisition and construction)
- Engineering (roadway alignment and intersections)
- Utility conflicts
Is no-build an option in this project?
No. The I-95 Variance Agreement signed by St. Johns County and FDOT requires that a new transportation facility be constructed.
When will the preferred alternative recommendation be made?
The final recommendation of a preferred alternative will occur after the Alternatives Meeting, which is scheduled for August 4, 2005. The preferred alternative will then be presented to the St. Johns County Commissioners on August 23, 2005.
When can we expect to see improvements?
The current study is scheduled for completion in the Fall of 2005. This will be followed by final design, right of way acquisition and construction. The following schedule has been established in the FDOT/ St. Johns County Variance Agreement.
|Race Track Road to CR 210||2009|
|CR 210 to SR 16||2010|
|SR 16 to CR 208||2015|
Will the cost of constructing these alternatives be considered in this study?
Yes, the Preliminary Engineering Study will evaluate the cost of all alternative alignments and recommend the alignment that meets the purpose of the project.
How can I get involved?
You can be a partner in solving the transportation needs of your community. Get involved by providing us information and expressing your opinion about the proposed study via the Contact Us page of this web site. We encourage you to participate in the public meetings. You can stay informed by adding your name to our mailing list. We will continually update this site, so we suggest that you periodically revisit this web site for additional information and project updates.