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Project # SFHWY00299 / Federal # 0003259

Juneau Douglas North Crossing PEL Study


What is a PEL Study?

Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) is a collaborative and integrated approach to transportation decision-making that:

  1. Improves outreach and coordination by considering environmental, community, and economic goals early in the planning process.
  2. Saves costs and time; focuses expenditures on viable options.

The benefits of stronger linkages between the transportation planning and project development processes can include:

  • Stronger agency and public relationships: Regulatory and resource agencies are involved early. Collaborative working relationships with the public support more involvement and opportunities.
  • Improved project delivery timelines: The PEL process can avoid duplication of effort and speed up project delivery.
  • Earlier identification of key environmental resources: Knowing which resources are present can help alternative selection and save time and money by moving forward alternatives that minimize impacts to environmental resources and the built environment.
  • Better funding and project development: Engineering team involvement produces more reliable cost estimates and project schedules.
  • Build projects with better outcomes: Knowledge of agency and community concerns help developers design projects that better serve the community’s needs.
  • Flexible approach for development of transportation improvement strategies: The PEL Study can propose solutions to develop a series of smaller independent, fundable projects that can be implemented over time while fitting within a larger or longer-term context.


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