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PD&E Studies

We are a team of skilled and qualified public involvement professionals who have more than 15 years of experience working on Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Studies. We confidently guide each client from the initial project conception stage through the public hearing process within the latest National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Guidelines.
What is a PD&E Study?

A PD&E is a formal process that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) uses to ensure that consideration is given to environmental and social impacts, public input, engineering design, and project costs, when evaluating the preferred type, design and location of improvements for transportation projects. The PD&E Study process guarantees the design of transportation projects reflects and incorporates the unique engineering and community characteristics of the area under study. The project team collects data and analyzes the corridor to develop a series of alternatives that are then presented to the affected public. At the end of the PD&E process, the alternative deemed most desirable by the public and project team, called the Preferred Alternative, proceeds to the Design Phase.

What is MRG's role?

The MRG team involves members of affected communities throughout the PD&E process, and develops proactive strategies for consensus building. We develop a Public Involvement Plan that outlines a detailed strategy of public outreach tailored to each project. We plan all public information meetings and workshops. We also prepare and design all collateral materials, including multilingual fact sheets, newsletters, comment sheets and agendas, and develop websites.The MRG staff schedules and facilitates briefings with elected officials and local agencies. Comments obtained during those meetings are incorporated into the project record. During the PD&E process, MRG serves as the liaison between the public and the project team. It is important to have a thorough record of the PD&E process from start to finish and our project public involvement record system is the best way to accomplish a smooth transition into the Design phase.

Design Team Experience

We help clients smoothly transition a project from a PD&E Study to the Design phase by ensuring all public outreach requirements are met.

The Design Phase begins after a PD&E Study has been completed and a Preferred Alternative has been selected. The Preferred Alternative becomes a more concrete, solid concept and is developed into a full-scale plan of action before moving into the Construction phase.

What is MRG's role?

MRG staff works with the engineering consultant and client to identify impacted stakeholders and address issues so they do not become costly construction delays when the project moves forward. MRG includes the public in all decision-making processes by facilitating public meetings and elected official briefings to update and obtain feedback. The MRG team coordinates and staffs formal team presentations to homeowners' associations. A final record of commitments made by the study team to affected communities is developed prior to the Construction phase to ensure all questions and concerns are addressed before the project moves forward.

Design-Build Team Experience

We ensure Design-Build projects are executed in an organized, structured and efficient manner, similar to the procedures employed during independent Design and Construction phases but on a more compressed schedule.
What is a Design-Build project?

In a Design-Build project, the contractor is invited to participate in the design and Construction phase, which reduces costs and expedites construction. It is vital to coordinate with local elected officials to make sure that the correct information is disseminated and stakeholders are given the opportunity to voice questions or concerns.

What is MRG's role?

As the Design-Build phase moves forward, MRG works with the project team and affected communities to establish a strong consensus. The MRG team uses public meetings and workshops as a forum to inform the public on design plans, construction activities and landmark occurrences. MRG's most important role is to keep the project moving during an aggressive schedule.

Construction

We support our clients throughout the life of a project, including the critical Construction period. During this phase, members of our team work on-site with the engineers and construction companies. We ensure the day-to-day needs of affected stakeholders are met and are available 24/7 to address emergencies.
What is a Construction project?

Construction follows the Design phase, and at this time, the Preferred Alternative becomes a reality. The construction phase can dramatically impact surrounding communities and commuters. The project team seeks to mitigate the undesirable temporary affects of construction by limiting traffic interruptions and providing real-time information to the public.

What is MRG's role?

Prior to construction, the MRG team thoroughly reviews all public involvements efforts completed to determine the appropriate course of action. MRG meets with affected stakeholders prior to construction to inform them of upcoming activities and build a relationship that will last the duration of the project. This information is used to develop a comprehensive Community Awareness Plan (CAP), which serves as the guide for public information activities. Through previous experience, MRG has learned it is important to identify a trusted point of contact within the community who can disseminate information. MRG coordinates and executes a public meeting prior to the start of construction that provides stakeholders the opportunity to view plans, speak with project staff and provide comments. Throughout the construction process, the MRG team works with the project engineers, inspectors and contractors to stay ahead of the schedule and identify possible issues.

Intelligent Transportation Systems

We have a unique and diverse range of experience working with Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) used to monitor traffic conditions in South Florida. The MRG team leads the way with ground-breaking ITS-related projects, like the introduction of 95 Express and Ramp Signaling, as we continue assisting our clients with the implementation of award-winning public involvement strategies and programs in South Florida.
How does ITS affect the community?

Intelligent Transportation Systems assist in the daily management of traffic to ensure seamless mobility. A major component of Florida's ITS are Transportation Management Centers (TMCs), which are physical locations that monitor traffic conditions, respond to traffic incidents and coordinate ITS programs. An effective system improves the way existing transportation issues are approached. In South Florida, recently introduced methods include new traffic light systems designed and installed at dangerous intersections, the addition of managed lanes or special-use lanes and the overall study to improve roadway conditions. As a result, transportation is faster and more efficient.

What is MRG's role?

MRG believes in the importance of a well-functioning ITS and the positive impact one can have on a community. It is exciting to work with these innovative systems by stationing employees at local TMCs as in-house Public Information Officers who arrange special media events and share news with the public.

Metropolitan Planning Organization Experience

What is MRG's role?

The MRG team has significant experience working with both the Miami-Dade and Broward County MPOs on various transportation projects. Specifically, MRG has served as a liaison between the public and the MPO in reaching decisions that benefit the community as a whole. In working with the MPO, MRG has facilitated many public outreach meetings where people are invited to comment on the proposed projects for incorporation into a Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). At these meetings, the public is able to submit written comments regarding their thoughts and preferences for transportation development as well as to learn valuable information about upcoming plans. Aside from coordinating and staffing public meetings, MRG has also participated in more unorthodox methods of outreach, including the management of a telephone hotline where people were able to call with an LRTP-related question and be directed to the proper source of information. We find that different communities and demographics require different outreach strategies, and it is imperative to consider these factors in developing any public involvement campaign on behalf of an MPO. Additionally, MRG has worked one-on-one with MPO Board members as a conduit between the MPO and the Florida Department of Transportation, ensuring that any member with a question or issue regarding an FDOT project is brought to the person best suited to address it.

Municipal Outreach

What is MRG’s role?

As part of a successful municipal outreach strategy, MRG chooses to employ strong grassroots tactics that target a community head-on. In order to develop a plan that works, it is critical to know the inner-workings of the particular community, to develop strong relationships with local elected and appointed officials, and to establish a sense of trust among those to be affected. MRG has worked with various municipalities within all counties MRG serves, and we have significant experience in tailoring outreach campaigns to fit individual needs. The MRG team strongly believes in such strategies as hand-delivering fliers along a corridor in order to gain a better understanding of the affected community, arranging informal meetings among elected officials and constituents, and utilizing local media as a resource to reach a target audience.


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Projects

Firm Accomplishments in Florida

  • 1st RADS Installation Project
  • 1st Ramp Signaling Project
  • HAWK Beacon (First HAWK beacon system in South Florida)
  • 1st Managed Lane System Project
  • 30+ PD&E Projects
  • 50+ Design and Construction Projects

PD&E Project Details

Design Project Details

Design–Build Project Details

  • SR 826/SR 836 Interchange
  • City of North Bay Village
  • I–595 Express Corridor Improvements
  • I–95 Express, Phase 2
  • I–95 Express Managed Lanes, Phase 1
  • Florida's Turnpike All Electronic Tolling, Phases 1 and 2
  • SW 127th Avenue Design/Build
  • SR 5/US–1 Jupiter Bridges
  • SR 9/I–95 Design Build (Indian River County)
  • US 1 ITS
  • Government Cut Utilities Relocation
  • ATMS Installation in Central Broward
  • Bridges of the Isles Design Build Criteria Package

Construction Project Details

ITS Project Details

PI & Education Project Details

MPO Project Details

  • Miami-Dade County MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update
  • Miami-Dade County MPO Long-Range Transportation Plan 2030 Update
  • Miami-Dade County General Planning Consultant Contracts
  • Broward County MPO Long-Range Transportation Plan 2035 Update
  • FDOT District Six Districtwide Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Services Liaison Contract

Municipal Outreach Project Details

  • Miami-Dade County MPO Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Update
  • Miami-Dade County MPO Long-Range Transportation Plan 2030 Update
  • Miami-Dade County General Planning Consultant Contracts
  • Broward County MPO Long-Range Transportation Plan 2035 Update
  • FDOT District Six Districtwide Intergovernmental Affairs and Community Services Liaison Contract