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Governor DeSantis and FDOT launch major infrastructure projects decades ahead of schedule


Florida – Governor Ron DeSantis, alon with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), has recently unveiled an ambitious plan to accelerate the timelines for critical infrastructure projects under the “Moving Florida Forward” initiative. This initiative marks a significant shift in the state’s approach to infrastructure development, with projects such as the widening of I-4 in Osceola and Polk counties and the Poinciana Parkway Connector Project now set to begin decades ahead of their original schedules.

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These projects are part of a broader effort to alleviate congestion and improve the quality of life for Florida’s residents and visitors. Governor DeSantis emphasized a streamlined, non-politicized approach to transportation, contrasting state initiatives with federal policies. “Under my watch, Florida’s Department of Transportation will be solely focused on transporting people, unlike the federal government’s politicization of our national Department of Transportation. And because of this approach, Florida’s major transportation upgrades are fully funded and ahead of schedule, by decades. We listen to the people of Florida, and we deliver,” DeSantis stated.

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The I-4 widening project aims to alleviate congestion for nearly 200,000 daily travelers by expanding the roadway from six to ten lanes over a 14.7-mile stretch. This includes the introduction of managed express lanes to facilitate longer-distance travel and reduce overall congestion. Additionally, the project will see the widening of road shoulders to aid emergency evacuations and the reconfiguration of interchanges to smooth out traffic flow. Groundbreaking for these segments is scheduled to commence this fall.

The Poinciana Parkway Connector, a critical 2.6-mile roadway, aims to enhance connectivity in a densely traveled area of Osceola County, linking major highways and improving traffic flow. Previously unfunded and not expected to start until 2034, this project has been expedited to commence later this year, thanks to strategic planning and phased implementation.

House Bill 1301, recently passed, grants FDOT the necessary authority to complete the Moving Florida Forward Infrastructure Initiative. This legislation firmly establishes the state’s transportation priorities, emphasizing congestion reduction, supply chain support, quality of life enhancement, and efficient use of transportation funds. It starkly contrasts with federal transportation policies, focusing on practical infrastructure improvements over ideological agendas. Key provisions include enforcing public meeting and voting requirements for traffic lane reductions, increasing public transit agencies’ accountability, prohibiting state-funded political messaging on transit vehicles, expanding eligibility for local and rural transportation funding, and bolstering support for inland ports and logistics centers.

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This strategic push towards enhancing Florida’s transportation infrastructure represents a proactive approach to meeting the state’s growing needs. By prioritizing efficiency, accountability, and accessibility, Florida sets a precedent for state-led initiatives in addressing contemporary transportation challenges.

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