What is the District Two Work Program Public Hearing (WPPH)?
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Two is comprised of eighteen counties: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist,
Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Putnam, St. John’s, Suwannee, Taylor, and Union. Each year, FDOT District Two chooses a number of projects throughout
the eighteen-county district to “highlight” so that the public may be informed about road, transit, freight, and enhancement projects.
At the annual Work Program Public Hearing, FDOT will present graphics, maps and typical sections that show the locations, features, current status and proposed improvements
for each of the highlighted projects. Maps and citizen reports are also distributed at the public hearing for the public to view project details.
Development of the Work Program
Each year, FDOT develops the Five Year Work Program in accordance with Section
339.135, Florida Statutes. The five year work program is an ongoing process that is
used to forecast the funds needed for upcoming transportation system improvements
scheduled for the next five years.
The development of this Work Program involves extensive coordination with local governments, including Metropolitan Planning Organizations and
other city and county officials. In District Two’s two urbanized areas, the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida TPO — Clay,
Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns Counties) and the Gainesville Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization (MTPO), have the responsibility to develop
transportation plans and prioritize transportation needs. In non-metropolitan areas, county commissions establish priorities. FDOT considers the transportation
improvements identified by the two TPOs and local governments. This process results in the Work Program, which includes financial information about transportation projects.
Each year, new projects are added to the program in the fifth year and other years of the cycle ensuring that the financial balance forecast for the first four years is
maintained. As a new fifth year is added to the cycle, the current year drops out of the plan, introducing a new five year work program.
Public Hearings are held in each of the state's seven transportation districts and a statewide public hearing is held by the Florida
Transportation Commission in Tallahassee. The Florida Transportation Commission then performs an in-depth review of the Work Program and presents the results
to the Executive Office of the Governor.
The Department bases the Work Program on sound, multimodal transportation concepts and the best available forecasts of costs and funding. As such, the Department has the
financial capacity to embark on projects as they are planned. However, the following circumstances, which are beyond the control of the Department, may significantly
influence the stability of the work program:
- Changes in federal or state revenue estimates
- Increased inflation rates
- Changes in bond market conditions
- Changes in federal regulations or state law
- Difficulty in acquiring right-of-way
- Ecological and environmental factors
- Extraordinary increases in right-of-way costs
- Unanticipated contract litigation
- Other economic forces impacting state transportation revenues
- Changes in TPO and local priorities
The Department is committed to the policy of implementing projects as scheduled in the Work Program, minimizing changes to the plan, and ensuring appropriate
communication of any necessary changes as they occur.