Thomasville Road Planning Study
What is a Planning Study?
The Planning Study process is a coordinated documentation method used to identify and evaluate new transportation routes, such as widening existing facilities or constructing new facilities on new alignments. The Planning Study can be developed prior to the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study, which may be required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The planning study helps link the PD&E study by giving early consideration to natural, physical, cultural, and community resources. Accomplishing the Planning Study involves frequent communication and coordination with stakeholders, such as the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency (CRTPA) and other state and local agencies to identify potential avoidance, minimization and modification opportunities.
What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of the Thomasville Road Planning Study is to study additional highway capacity alternatives to relieve current and anticipated congestion along the Thomasville Road/ Capital Circle Northeast (S.R. 61/U.S. 319) corridor, including the interchanges with S.R. 8 (I-10). Alternatives to improve mobility include increasing capacity to existing roadways within the study area, as well as a new roadway alignment alternative. A more detailed analysis of acceptable alternatives that meet the project purpose and need will be completed as part of a following PD&E Study. Secondary purposes include expediting multi-modal travel along the corridor while allowing safe movement of vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
What are the study limits?
The project limits on Thomasville Road (S.R. 61/U.S. 319) extend from Metropolitan Boulevard to the Bannerman Road/ Bradfordville Road intersection. The project limits on Capital Circle Northeast (S.R. 261/ U.S. 319) are from Raymond Diehl Road to S.R. 61. The limits also extend to the east approximately 5 miles to include the critical connections of future Welaunee development and planned roadway network.