Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida Governor Rick Scott announced that the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will receive $10.8 billion in the recommended FY 2017-2018 “Fighting for Florida’s Future” Budget to make strategic transportation investments statewide and keep Florida’s world-class transportation and infrastructure system as the nation’s best.
Governor Scott said, “As the third largest state in the nation with the fourth fastest growing population, we must make sure our state is prepared to safely welcome new families, visitors and job creators. We have made significant investments in transportation for four years in a row because we know the incredible impact it has on job creation and helping Florida become a leading hub for global trade. The ‘Fighting for Florida’s Future’ Budget continues this record funding by including more than $10 billion to ensure our transportation and infrastructure system remains a national leader for decades to come.”
The Governor’s FY 2017/2018 transportation budget makes the following investments:
- $4.1 billion for construction of highway projects
- $178.2 million in seaport infrastructure improvements
- $257.8 million for aviation improvements
- $300.8 million for scheduled repair of 61 bridges and replacement of 16 bridges
- $978.2 million for maintenance and operation
- $618 million for public transit development grants
- $175.6 million for safety initiatives
- $82.7 million for bike and pedestrian trails.
Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold said, “Governor Scott’s transportation budget provides the record funding necessary to maintain and repair existing infrastructure and prepare for future growth. Florida’s roads, seaports, airports, railways and trails will continue to meet the growing needs of Florida’s families.”