FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Scott Gilbertson, Lee
County Department of Transportation (941) 479-8580,
or Dave Loveland, 479-8509
LATEST STATE BUDGET BRINGS COUNTY ROAD GRANTS/LOANS TO $117 MILLION OVER LAST SEVEN YEARS
Fla. (June 6, 2002) – With the Governor signing the latest state budget
into law Wednesday, Lee County, and its public and private transportation
partners, have received more than $117 million of transportation funding from
alternative sources over the last seven years.
Since 1995, Lee County has aggressively and successfully
pursued alternative sources of revenue for transportation projects, and has been
the beneficiary of several project advancements under statewide initiatives.
More than $59 million in grant funds and related matches
have been awarded for projects in Lee County, and another $58 million worth of
projects have been advanced through loan programs and the statewide initiatives.
The funding has come in the form of grants (County
Incentive Grant Program, Transportation Outreach Program, Value Pricing Program)
and advancements (State Toll Facilities Revolving Trust Fund Program, State
Infrastructure Bank Program, Mobility 2000 Initiative, Transportation Economic
The latest two projects included in the state budget are
the Palmetto Avenue Extension in Fort Myers ($5 million) and U.S. 41/Imperial
River Bridge Widening in Bonita Springs ($4 million). Some of the other significant projects include:
§ Metro Parkway Extension
§ Veterans Memorial Parkway Extension
§ Several segments and connectors to Three Oaks Parkway Extension north and south
§ Discount tolls on the Midpoint Memorial and Cape Coral bridges.
Lee County will continue to actively pursue all
transportation-related grants and loans, for which it is eligible, and will
encourage and support the applications and advancement initiatives of other
entities for projects within the county. To
date, the efforts of the county and its partners have resulted in the
award/advancement of $117 million worth of project phases, not including another
$160 million worth of advancements that are still to come.
For a complete explanation of the various programs and list
of projects, please request the computer file or fax from Pete Winton at
Lee County’s Transportation Department plans, builds, expands and maintains county roads, bridges, ditches and landscaping in the unincorporated areas of Lee County. It also maintains the county traffic signal system and operates the toll facilities on the Midpoint Memorial, Cape Coral and Sanibel Causeway bridges. It employs 374 and has an annual operating budget of $32.9 million.