closing days of Florida's regular session, Gov. Jeb Bush signed
the state's extensive state transportation bill into law. The
measure included legislation designed to make it easier for
toll roads to be built throughout the state.
to the Tallahassee Democrat, a provision creates a "Florida
Turnpike Enterprise," a division of the state Department
of Transportation that would be free of many bureaucratic rules.
agency would be able to develop hotels and convention centers,
towing services and other commercial ventures along state turnpikes,
using the money to build new roads. It increases the amount
of time a toll road has to clear its bond debt from five to
12 years and to become a self-supporting entity from 10 to 22
of the Enterprise say the law will allow the state to use turnpike
revenue to build in rural areas and promote more urban sprawl.