FDOT Releases Initial Northern Turnpike Connector Avoidance Graphic, Maintains Commitment to Preserving Florida’s Most Precious Resources

FDOT Releases Initial Northern Turnpike Connector Avoidance Graphic,Maintains Commitment to Preserving Florida’s Most Precious Resources

Tallahassee, Fla. – Yesterday, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) released the initial avoidance graphic for the proposed Northern Turnpike Connector at the Multi-Use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) task force meeting. Consistent with the task force guiding principles, the graphic illustrates where there will be no or limited impact by the proposed corridor as well as FDOT’s commitment to preserving Florida’s most precious environmental and historical resources.

“I am confident that the avoidance graphic articulates our promise to protect and preserve Florida’s environment, while also planning for the state’s inevitable future growth,” said Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “The department will continue to support task force members and provide any requested resources throughout this critical process as they work toward consensus on paths/courses for the proposed corridor.”

The graphic notes that the path/course will not impact:

o Coastal Avoidance and High-Risk Coastal Areas

o Springheads

o Surface Water Bodies

o Cultural Sites (Archaeological & Sites with Human Remains)

o Tribal Lands

o Cemeteries

o National Register of Historic Places (Listed)

Additionally, though an existing corridor may be enhanced, there will be no new corridor through:

o State Forests (Florida Greenway will require further discussion)

o Florida Forever (Owned)

o Aquatic Preserves

o State Parks

o Mitigation Banks

o Wildlife Refuges

o Managed Lands

o Airports

o Hospitals

o Prisons

o Public Water Supply Plants

o Wastewater Facilities

o Electricity Generating Facilities

o Military Installations

Read More: https://fdotwww.blob.core.windows.net/sitefinity/docs/default-source/info/co/news/newsreleases/02132020-northern-turnpike-avoidance-release.pdf?sfvrsn=a4779bc3_2

Source: https://www.fdot.gov/info/co/news/newsreleases/default.shtm

For more information regarding M-CORES, public meeting dates and locations, or to submit a

comment related to the proposed projects, visit http://FloridaMCORES.com.

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