Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL)

The PEL initiative within Every Day Counts is part of the "Shortening Project Delivery Time Toolkit". The idea is to better leverage data collection and studies in the pre-NEPA time frame so that once an agency determines a NEPA study is warranted, there is a foundation already built that can serve to meet the NEPA requirements without prejudicing the outcomes. The department is currently performing a study of the US 131 and I-96 corridors in Kent County as a PEL pilot to evaluate this methodology for broader usage within the context of our program development process, in particular the New Roads/Capacity Increase program. A consultant has been selected, and the work scope is being refined and coordinated with internal staff as well as the MPO. The study is scheduled for completion in December 2013.