Needs Assessment

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is conducting a Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study to evaluate the proposed future widening of SR 710 in Okeechobee and Martin Counties, Florida.  This study is necessary due to the projected growth in population and employment for the area surrounding the project limits. The provision of safe and efficient transportation to support this growth requires action to improve the existing transportation network.

Planning, Design, Right of Way and Construction

The PD&E study is scheduled for completion in late 2015. Design is funded for a portion of the project in 2012. Right of Way acquisition and Construction are not funded in the FDOT Tentative Five Year Work Program.

Project Overview

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has expanded the limits of the SR 710 Project Development & Environment, or “PD&E” Study in Okeechobee and Martin Counties, Florida. The expanded study area includes the existing SR 710 corridor from SR 70 to CR 714, as well as a proposed extension of SR 710 from SR 70 to US 441, a total project length of approximately 14 miles.

The PD&E study process will involve the development of roadway improvement alternatives, a comparative evaluation of the social and environmental impacts and the overall costs of each alternative. It is anticipated that the existing two lanes will need to be widened to four lanes from SR 70 to CR 714 (SW Martin Highway). The extension of SR 710 is anticipated to be an urban arterial roadway. The proposed extension will serve as a bypass route to address traffic congestion at the intersection of SR 70 and US 441 and to help reduce truck traffic through the City of Okeechobee.

Finance

419344-2-22-01 – SR 710 from US 441in Okeechobee County and to CR 714 (S.W. Martin Highway) in Martin County

PD&E study – Ongoing -- $1.16 million

Design for the first segment, from US 441 to the L-63 Interceptor Canal was funded in the FDOT Five-Year Work Program in Fiscal Year 2012 and right-of-way acquisition for this segment is proposed in Fiscal Year 2016. Subsequent phases for the remaining segments of SR 710 including design, right-of-way acquisition and construction are not currently funded in the FDOT Five-Year Work Program.

Project Status

Financial Project ID Number:  419344-2-22-01