Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a new “Moving Florida Forward” initiative Monday morning to accelerate transportation projects over the next four years.
If approved by the legislature, the proposal would inject $4 billion in general revenue, redirect an average of $131 million annually to the state transportation works program, and leverage a total of $7 billion in additional funding over the next four years to improve Florida’s Transport infrastructure can be accommodated. An increasing number of people depend on Florida’s highways.
Through record investments, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) continues existing work to address congestion, improve safety, and ensure a more resilient transportation system to reinforce current transportation needs and set the stage for future growth The program will accelerate 20 priority infrastructure projects. , Projects included as part of the Moving Florida Forward Legislative Proposal are available at FDOT.gov/MovingFloridaForward.
Governor Ron DeSantis said, “This proposal would eliminate the red tape that often slows down infrastructure projects and allow FDOT to focus on projects that will reduce congestion across the state.” “Accelerating these projects will see them completed more than a decade ahead of schedule.”
Florida is home to more than 22 million residents, and in the first three quarters of 2022 alone, our state had approximately 105 million visitors. In 2022, Florida is set to experience the largest net migration in the country at 1.9%, meaning Florida’s infrastructure must accommodate more people than ever before.
The 20 projects included in the proposal will create more resilient transportation infrastructure, which is critical to the integrity of highways and corridors, especially during severe weather events such as hurricanes.
FDOT will continue to work on projects planned in the existing FDOT five-year work program in addition to the projects included in the Moving Florida Forward package.