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Rick Scott speeds up spending on I-295 in Jacksonville, other road projects around state

Nearly $180 million earmarked for project

Posted: August 14, 2014 - 10:52am

Florida transportation officials are speeding up spending to widen Interstate 295 in Jacksonville and five other highways around the state as part of an $806 million construction push Gov. Rick Scott announced Thursday.

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

In Jacksonville, the Florida Department of Transportation is moving forward its schedule to add lanes on I-295 between Butler Boulevard and Florida 9B.

Construction of the $179.5 million project will start next year instead of 2017, as had been planned earlier, an announcement from the state said.

The state will also move up work on I-75 around Tampa Bay region; I-95 in Daytona Beach; US-41 in the Sarasota area; Florida 821 in Miami-Dade County; and Florida 30 in Bay County.

Scott tied the roadwork to a rebound in the state’s business climate, saying: “Our economy is strong and growing. Because of our growth, we were able to secure more than $10 billion for transportation projects, which is the largest transportation funding ever in Florida history.”

The roadwork announced Thursday is part of that $10 billion.

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PriceofSprawl
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PriceofSprawl 08/19/14 - 11:55 am
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Developers are good at

Developers are good at shifting costs for new roads on to taxpayers in the community. When developers don’t pay for these costs, taxpayers in existing neighborhoods subsize new residential development. Go to http://priceofsprawl.com/ to learn more.

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curiousjustice 08/14/14 - 12:27 pm
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@DonGene, Scott didn't fail

@DonGene, Scott didn't fail to expand Medicare (Obama is trying to do away with it). He didn't expand Medicaid. Big difference. Medicare is paid into by people working, just like Social Security. Medicaid in simple terms is welfare healthcare. There is no difference between giving free health care at the emergency room vs giving free health insurance. If someone gets something for free, somebody else had to pay for it. The only thing that generates capital (money) is labor. So if you are upset that he didn't give away someone else's hard earned money then vote for the other guy. Your argument just convinced me to vote for Scott.

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DonGene 08/14/14 - 11:47 am
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You know the thing about an

You know the thing about an old man changing his attitudes because he is dying and wants to get into heaven? Well, here we have a governor that has crapped on most of us for almost 4 years and now he is trying to catch up, make up for time wasted by doing things he promised he would do when he was elected. Too late Rick! You lied to the teachers, you took over a billion dollars from education, you cut taxes for your powerful friends, you failed to expand Medicare and as a result there are hundreds of thousands that don't have health care and go to the emergency rooms which costs all of us. I only hope the people of this state send you into retirement this November.

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