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State to Accelerate Road Projects in Orlando And Beyond Due to Reduced Traffic

Under the direction of Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Transportation has started accelerating critical infrastructure projects, which are valued at $2.1 Billion.


Due to a reduction in traffic throughout Florida during the fight against COVID-19, FDOT will expedite improvements to the state’s transportation system and provide jobs.


After reviewing all pending construction projects across all FDOT districts, including the FDOT Turnpike, FDOT has identified the following projects to be accelerated:


  1. FDOT Central Florida: The project at Sand Lake Road (SR 482) near the heavy tourist area of International Drive and Universal Boulevard in Orlando will be accelerated by 4 to 6 weeks.

  2. FDOT West Central - Tampa Area: The $864M Howard Frankland Bridge project in Tampa Bay area will be accelerated by nearly 4 weeks.

  3. FDOT Southeast Florida: The widening of Southern Boulevard (SR 80) in western Palm Beach County will be accelerated by nearly 3 months.

  4. FDOT South - Miami Area: In Miami-Dade, the I-395/SR 836/I-95 Design Build Project is an $802 million reconstruction project being done in coordination with the local expressway authority that will be accelerated by 4 weeks.

Several other projects by region include:

  1. FDOT South - Miami Area: Southeast Florida: Phase one of construction on the US-1 Cow Key Bridge in Monroe County will be accelerated by 1 week.

  2. FDOT Southwest Florida: Southwest Florida: Paving along I-75 at the SR 70 Interchange in Manatee County will be accelerated by 2 weeks.Paving, widening and signal upgrades along State Road 951 in southern Collier County will be accelerated by 4 weeks.

  3. FDOT Northwest Florida: Northwest Florida: The 23rd Street Flyover project at the intersection of US 98 and 23rd Street in Bay County will be accelerated by 1 week.

  4. FDOT Northeast Florida: Northeast Florida: The Diverging Diamond Interchange on SR 200 (A1A) at Interstate 95 in Nassau County, the first of its kind in Northeast Florida, will be accelerated by two months.

  5. To read the press release, go to bit.ly/2UUBt1H and to see a map of accelerated projects, go to bit.ly/344fgmb.



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