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Suncoast Parkway Aesthetic Design Guidelines *

Florida's Turnpike Enterprise

Award Category: 
Social Responsibility
Award Year: 
2003

The Suncoast Parkway is Florida’s Turnpike’s 42-mile, new alignment, limited-access toll facility, which impacts over 220 wetland acres as well as over 600 private property owners.  In response to these concerns, the Turnpike Enterprise developed and implemented the Aesthetic Design Guidelines (ADG) to control the design process and ensure that the Parkway be compatible with the environment.  Also, the Enterprise recognized the opportunity to construct a multi-modal shared-use along the corridor and created a multi use “linear park” adjacent to the roadway facility.  Therefore, this parkway provides not only a memorable driving experience, but also the merging of social opportunities and innovative use, while preserving delicate environmental conditions.