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July 17, 2023
Author : Alex Bustillos
With the close of the legislative session, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida requested $4b to accelerate 20 highway projects stretching from Central Florida to South Florida. He wants to accelerate the “Moving Florida Forward” project.
"I requested $4 billion for Moving Florida Forward so we can get ahead of some of these traffic problems," Gov. DeSantis stated in a news conference. "Some of these items may take 20 years. I want to accelerate that to get it done much sooner. And the Legislature responded."
Florida is one of the fastest-growing states, and this investment will go toward addressing traffic congestion and road safety, supporting state and national supply chain arteries, and leading to the establishment of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) as the national leader of transportation technology.
DeSantis put forward numerous projects while pitching his plan in January. Some of these include:
The four-year proposal wants to borrow an additional $3 billion for the project and calls for two $2 billion transfers from general revenue to the State Transportation Trust Fund.
Legislators approved a $117b budget (SB 2500) before adjourning for the fiscal year 2023-2024.
Some other funding that has got approval during this legislative session are:
The grants allocated to the state comprise funding for numerous local transportation projects, including areas that suffered due to Hurricane Ian.
Some of these local projects are a $51.67m grant to Lee County for Sanibel Causeway corridor repairs and a $12.4m grant for Matlacha corridor repairs; a $5m grant to Pasco County for the construction of a Moffitt Cancer Center Life Sciences Campus road; $4.5m to Wauchula Municipal Airport for extension of runway and taxiway.
A series of road designations (HB 21) is also approved by the lawmakers, including: