Florida governor announces $807 million in transportation projects

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Thursday, August 21, 2014

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has announced his support for speeding up work on six major highway projects around the state.

The governor said the state will accelerate the work schedule of nearly $807 million in projects covering all corners of the state. The projects will begin next year.

“These projects will enhance our infrastructure to support commerce, decrease commute times and make our roads safer for families,” Scott said in a news release.

Scott advocates spending $255 million to add lanes on Interstate 95 in Volusia County in east central Florida. He said the improvements would increase safety and efficiency for merging, exiting and through-traffic in Daytona Beach.

The project will be moved up from 2020 to 2015.

In Hernando County, located north of Tampa, $89.5 million is designated to add lanes and reconstruct a portion of I-75. The project is slated to begin next year.

Another $179.5 million is set to be used to pay to add lanes on I-295 in Jacksonville. The reconstruction is planned from Butler Boulevard to state Route 9B.

The project’s start date was bumped up two years to 2015.

A separate project slated to begin next year would add lanes along state Route 821 in Miami-Dade County. About $155 million will be used to add express lanes and make interchange improvements.

In Panama City, $95 million will be used to add lanes on state Route 30. In the Sarasota area, another $32.7 million will be used to add lanes on U.S. 41 from Enterprise Drive to the Sarasota County line.

Both projects are slated to begin in 2015.

State transportation officials credit the governor’s “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” signed in June for allowing them to secure more than $10 billion for road work.

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