FDOT is committed to finding the right set of solutions for Tampa Bay’s complex transportation challenges. Our interstate modernization plans are built around reducing congestion and improving mobility. We’re willing to explore a broad range of potential solutions that could help us achieve those goals.
One of the first steps in project development is to develop a Purpose and Need Statement. The purpose and need discussion provides details about the objectives of the proposed action, such as achieving transportation-related needs identified in an MPO plan. If proposed alternatives do not fully address the stated purpose and need, then they can be eliminated from further consideration with documentation, coordination and approval from the Lead Federal Agency, in our case the Federal Highway Administration. The purpose and need assists in evaluating project alternatives and selecting a preferred alternative