Public forum scheduled on two Florida toll road projects

| 3/6/2007

Transportation officials have scheduled a two-day public forum in Northeast Florida to discuss two proposed toll roads being combined into one project.

The proposed toll road could be built with private-sector funds.

The Florida Department of Transportation has combined the previous Branan Field-Chaffee Road proposal with the St. Johns River Crossing Corridor in north-central Jacksonville.

The result is the First Coast Outer Beltway - a proposed 46-mile toll road connecting Interstate 10 with Interstate 95 to the south of the Interstate 295 loop, and running through parts of Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties.

On March 28, transportation officials, elected officials and speakers on the topic of public-private partnerships will present information about the proposal at a two-day public forum at the World Golf Village Renaissance Resort in St. Augustine, FL.

Registration to speak during a comment period is from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The first day of the forum will last until 3:30 p.m.

On the following day, a team from the Florida DOT will be available to meet one-on-one with the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transportation officials are prepared to answer questions about scheduling, permits, right-of-way acquisition and construction costs, according to the DOT agenda.

Visit to read the full agenda, register to speak, sign up for an appointment with officials, or to find out more about the forum and the project.