Gov. Scott announces $140M in transportation projects in SWFL

John Rinkenbaugh

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Gov. Scott announces $140M in transportation projects in SWFL

CREATED Feb. 15, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb. 15, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Governor Rick Scott visited the SWIFT Sunguide Center at the
I-75/SR 78 Interchange with Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Secretary Ananth Prasad and FDOT District 1 Secretary Billy Hattaway, and elected officials to highlight Department of Transportation projects along I-75 as part of the Florida Families First Budget.

“The I-75 Corridor is the backbone of transportation along the west coast of Florida; it is essential to statewide mobility and our economic competitiveness," said Scott. "In order to preserve this vital segment of I-75, our Florida Families First Budget calls for an $80 million investment to expand a 1.6 mile stretch of highway and bridges adding six travel lanes. This project will not only save taxpayer money through a private-public partnership, but it will also create jobs for Florida families and increase safety for those who travel on our roads.”

The Governor’s budget also proposes a $58 million project to add lanes and reconstruct US 41 from State Road 951 to Greenway Road in Collier County to ease traffic congestion and a $2 million project to widen and resurface existing lanes on State Road 84 to allow space for landscaping, bike lanes, lighting and sidewalks.