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Rollins Road Gateway Study Process & Schedule
The Rollins Road Gateway study process is complete. Extensive public involvement was enjoyed throughout the project development process. There were a number of steps to complete the process, which include:
Spring 2009 - Analyzing Existing & Future Conditions and Defining Purpose and Need
The first step of the Phase I Study included collecting information on current conditions, forecasting future population and employment growth in the area, and then predicting future travel demand. This data helped to evaluate the performance of the transportation system under future conditions. This information allowed the LCDOT and stakeholders to identify transportation deficiencies and begin the planning process for developing solutions to address these needs. Upon completion of the data collection and analysis phase, the study proceeded with the development of the specific purpose of improvements and needs to be addressed.
Fall 2009 – Analyses of Alternatives
The next step in the study process was to work with the public and project stakeholders to identify possible improvement alternatives. This phase concluded with the selection of those improvement alternatives to be evaluated in detail. Only those alternatives that met the project’s purpose and need (“reasonable alternatives”) were studied in detail. The process of evaluating and selecting possible solutions followed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Under the provisions of NEPA, “reasonable alternatives” were objectively examined during this process and impacts to the surrounding community and environmental were evaluated.
2010 – Further Assessment of Technical Factors and Environmental Consequences
The final step in the process included further detailed evaluation of the technical factors associated with the alternatives and their impacts on the community and the environment. At the end of this process, a preferred alternative was recommended for implementation. The results of the evaluation process, along with the findings from previous steps in the study, were reported in an Environmental Project Report.
May 2011 - Phase II Design Initiated
Once an environmental report is complete, Phase II engineering design can begin. This work is now underway, with land acquisition poised to begin upon formal design approval, which is anticipated in Summer 2011.
Spring 2013 - Bidding
Assuming required right-of-way is procured, competitive bids from contractors will be acquired.