State sets six major road projects for 2015, closest is Bay County

Six large road projects throughout Florida, with a combined cost of $806.7 million, have been formally moved to the front of the state’s Five Year Work Program. The change means work on the projects, some of which hadn’t been scheduled to begin until after 2020, will start in 2015, a state Department of Transportation spokesman said.

The projects, mostly involving reconstruction and adding lanes, are on U.S. 41 in Charlotte County; Interstate 75 in Hernando County; State Road 30 in Bay County; Interstate 295 in Duval County; Interstate 95 in Volusia County; and State Road 821 in Miami-Dade County. The work in Volusia County, to six-lane a 14-mile stretch of I-95, is the most expensive at $255 million.

“These projects will enhance our infrastructure to support commerce, decrease commute times and make our roads safer for families,” Gov. Rick Scott said in a prepared statement Thursday.

The money for each project had been approved as part of the state’s budget for the current fiscal year. The governor’s office announced the allocations in June.

source – The News Service of Florida