Florida’s Turnpike Widening from Jupiter to Ft. Pierce, State Environmental Impact Report, FDOT Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties, FL
Owner: FDOT Florida’s Turnpike EnterpriseLocation: Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie Counties, Florida
This project involves the widening of a 36-mile segment of Florida’s Turnpike from four lanes to eight lanes from Indiantown Road to SR 70. An engineering analysis, a State Environmental Impact Report (SEIR), and an extensive public involvement program for the corridor was completed. There are four existing interchanges and three proposed interchanges, as well as 45 bridge structures along the corridor. The project requires extensive coordination with multiple ongoing, planned, and programmed projects by city, county, and state agencies, as well as private developers that will affect this segment of Florida’s Turnpike. Key environmental issues include impacts to wetlands and protected species, 13 stream and rivers, and eight conservation areas. In addition, the project crosses over the Wild and Scenic segment of the Loxahatchee River and will require the development of a Section 7(a) document for review and approval by the National Park Service. Specific tasks include the oversight of data collection, development and review of environmental documents, and coordination with federal and state regulatory and review agencies. Environmental documents to be developed for the project include NRE, Section 7(a), CSER, NSR, and CRAS, as well as the SEIR developed for FTE.