Florida’s budget includes nearly $10B for transportation infrastructure development
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently released his proposed Bolder, Brighter, Better Future budget for fiscal year 2020-2021, and it includes $9.9 billion in funding for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
“My Bolder, Brighter, Better Future Budget will further allow the Florida Department of Transportation to create a modern transportation system for our residents and visitors,” DeSantis said. “Safely reducing congestion on our roadways is a critical component of my vision for transportation in Florida. This budget will ensure FDOT can invest in improvements to facilitate increased mobility and keep people and goods moving throughout our state.”
The investment includes $865.7 million to resurface roads, $686 million for rail/transit program advancements, $436.2 million for scheduled repairs of 57 bridges and replacement of 18 bridges, $323.9 million for aviation improvements, $212.9 million for safety initiatives, $119.7 million in seaport infrastructure enhancements, and $2.8 billion for highway construction.
The funding will allow FDOT to reduce congestion and establish Florida as a national leader in multimodal transportation, FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault said.
The proposed budget also includes $8.8 billion for FDOT’s Work Program. The five-year plan was defined by Florida statutes and identifies need-based projects.
Projects must be consistent with program objectives and priorities, policies, and laws.