Gov. Scott's budget includes $279M for Tampa Bay transportation improvements

1:10 PM, Jan 29, 2014   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- In the proposal of his nearly $74.2 billion budget for 2014 released Wednesday, Gov. Scott included a record $8.8 billion towards transportation improvements throughout the state.

The budget makes the following investments:

  • $3.8 billion for construction of highway projects
  • $138.9 million in seaport infrastructure improvements
  • $324.6 million for aviation improvements
  • $192.5 million for scheduled repair of 51 bridges and replacement of 15 bridges
  • $843.3 million for maintenance and operation
  • $528 million for public transit development grants
  • $134.3 million for safety initiatives

In the Tampa Bay area, a total $279.5 million will go towards improvements to major roadways and the expansion of Port Tampa Bay which are listed below.

  • $89.5M to add lanes and reconstruct I-75 (SR 93) from south of US 98/SR 50/Cortez to north of US 98/SR 50/Cortez in Hernando County - enhances commerce and provide inter-regional connectivity along one of the most critical corridors of the state from the Tampa Bay Region to the Georgia State line.
  • $18.2M to add lanes and rehabilitate pavement on SR 54 from east of Suncoast Pkwy to west of US 41 (SR 45) in Pasco County - increases capacity and enhances inter-regional connectivity between US 41 and US 19 which are two major north/south corridors for the state of Florida.
  • $16.7M to add lanes and reconstruct SR 688 (Ulmerton Rd) from east of 49th Street to west of 38th Street North in Pinellas County - increases capacity on a major east/west corridor through the central Pinellas County Gateway area and enhance inter-regional connectivity between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
  • $20.7M to add lanes and rehabilitate pavement on I-75 (SR 93) from north of SR 50 to the Hernando/Sumter County Line in Hernando County - enhances commerce and provides interregional connectivity along one of the most critical corridors of the state from the Tampa Bay Region to the Georgia State line.
  • $20.8M to expand port facility with Port Tampa Bay capacity improvements in Hillsborough County - expands the container yard, the intermodal rail yard and gantry cranes, along with many other improvements that will enhance the functionality, safety and accessibility to the Port.
  • $60.9M to add lanes and reconstruct the Veteran's Expressway from the Sugarwood Mainline Toll Plaza to Van Dyke Road in Hillsborough County - includes express lanes and conversion to an all-electronic toll facility which relieves congestion and enhances safety at tolling points.
  • $52.7M to improve the existing system-to-system interchange at the Turnpike Mainline and I-75 in Sumter County - provides additional capacity, reduces congestion and increases safety at the interchange.

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