Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) would receive $9.9 billion in the “Keep Florida Working” budget to make strategic transportation investments statewide. The governor’s proposed budget follows this year’s record funding of $10.1 billion to improve Florida’s infrastructure, including the largest FDOT work program in state history.
“We’ve made tremendous investments in our state’s transportation system during my time in office and our return on investment is clear. Strategic improvements to our transportation infrastructure will position Florida as a global leader for economic growth,” said Scott. “Our ‘Keep Florida Working’ budget will continue to invest in our ports, our roadways and our entire transportation network to further our economic growth.”
The governor’s budget makes the following investments:
- $3.8 billion for construction of highway projects;
- $109.6 million in seaport infrastructure improvements;
- $350 million for aviation improvements;
- $242.6 million for scheduled repair of 92 bridges and replacement of 16 bridges;
- $901.5 million for maintenance and operation;
- $548 million for public transit development grants;
- $168.3 million for safety initiatives; and
- $38.3 million for bike and pedestrian trails.
“I applaud Governor Scott’s investment in Florida’s transportation system. The funding will not only create jobs for our citizens but continue to keep Florida on the road to having the best infrastructure in the country,” said FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold.