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Last update: March 2014




Following extensive reviews by the Florida Department of Transportation Central Environmental Management Office, the Gulf Coast Parkway Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been revised and submitted to the Federal Highway Administration for review and comment. Once any comments by the Federal Highway Administration have been satisfactorily addressed, the Federal Highway Administration is expected to issue approval to make the Draft Environmental Impact Statement available for public review. When approval for public availability is received, the FDOT will make the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and supporting technical documents available for public inspection for a period of 30 days prior to the project’s public hearings. These documents will be made available at locations within the vicinity of the proposed project for the convenience of the affected public. The locations where the documents may be reviewed will be published in the legal classifieds of the local newspapers, on this website, and in a project newsletter that will be distributed at least 21 days prior to the public hearings.

THIS IS AN INTERACTIVE MAP
This map displays the Project Area of the Gulf Coast Parkway, from US 98 to US 231. By clicking on the buttons below you can display or hide any of the proposed alignments. You can zoom using the + and – buttons or adjusting the slider. To move the map to a different area click the direction arrows, or place the cursor on the map and hold the left mouse button down to drag the map to a new location. You can search for an address by typing that address into the search box and clicking the Search button. You can also display satellite photography by clicking the Satellite button, switch back to Street Map by clicking Map, or display both by clicking Hybrid. You may return to the project area view by clicking the Project Area button.

Please keep in mind that only one of the proposed alignments, or the No-Build option, will eventually be selected.

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Project History:

In June 2009 the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the Corridor Alternatives Evaluation Summary Report (the report is available for review in the menu to the left). Of the twelve corridors screened in this report four were recommended to be advanced for further analysis. Also, based on regional, state, and federal agency feedback a fifth alternative option was created. Based on these results, five alternative roadway alignments (see map below) were designed for more detailed examination.

These alternative roadway alignments were developed based on the corridors and analyzed and compared for their potential involvement with the social, physical, and natural environmental surroundings.

The PD&E Study will compare the alternative roadway alignments and, with involvement from the public, help to identify the preferred alternative. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared (See the Project Schedule page for further information) to document the evaluation of alternatives and the selection of a preferred alternative for the roadway.

The Gulf Coast Parkway would provide what is essentially a missing link in the regional transportation network and would:
  • Stimulate economies within the region
  • Enhance regional mobility and hurricane evacuation
  • Increase Tyndall Air Force Base security
  • Relieve traffic congestion
The Purpose and Need document is available on the left-hand menu and lists all 9 Purpose and Need requirements that the proposed roadway is intended to satisfy.

If you have questions, please contact Rosemary Woods, Project Manager, at 850-575-1800, ext. 7891 or email her at rewoods@pbsj.com. You can also submit your comments via the internet by going to the "CONTACT" page on this website. Additionally, if you would like to be added to the project mailing list, please complete the Contact Form on this website's "CONTACT" page.