Successful Use of Public Involvement Tools - Johns Pass Bridge Project

The United States is considered a democratic nation, one that is built on freedom of speech and a place where your opinions have some value. That ideology was implemented by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in cooperation with the communities of Treasure Island and Madeira Beach about three years ago. In addition to other public involvement techniques, the FDOT formed an Aesthetics Advisory Committee (AAC) consisting of representatives of the Cities of Madeira Beach and Treasure Island - the two communities directly affected by the project. The AAC provided the FDOT with input regarding aesthetic features for the low-level bascule bridges and roadway approaches associated with replacing the existing John Pass Bridges in Pinellas County, Florida. The plan was to engage the public’s interest, promote awareness and obtain feedback on how transportation related design projects are accomplished. In Florida, the need for new, widened and reconstructed roads and bridges is great and continues to be a major concern for transportation professionals, policymakers and residents who have to deal with the lack of a good transportation system in small and medium-sized communities. The Johns Pass Bridge project is an excellent example of how public involvement can be effective in the conceptual planning and design phases of transportation projects. This paper and presentation examines proven public involvement techniques used by the FDOT. It addresses the successful tools of public involvement and public awareness plans, public workshops, kiosks at community events, door-to-door surveys, and other public involvement techniques for transportation decision making. It also demonstrates the successful tools FDOT and consultants use to expedite this process and solicit the public’s input that serves the interest of all stakeholders. The success of these public involvement techniques can be applied to the planning of projects in small and medium–sized communities.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 13p
  • Monograph Title: Tools of the Trade: 10th National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities

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  • Accession Number: 01044623
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 23 2007 10:28AM