Thursday, July 30, Governor Rick Scott joined state and local officials along with FDOT employees and the project team to highlight the start of construction of a vital I-75 widening project in Collier County. The state invested $32 million for this project, which will widen almost 3.5 miles of I-75 to six lanes from Golden Gate Parkway (Exit 105) to State Road 951 (Exit 101).
This project is expected to be completed by 2017, in time for the U.S. Rowing Championships. Governor Scott also highlighted the 2015-2016 “Keep Florida Working” budget, which invests $9.3 billion for the Department of Transportation, including $3.7 billion for future road construction.
Governor Rick Scott said, “Florida’s expansive transportation network helps to create jobs, support businesses, and keep our growing number of Floridians and visitors safe. I am proud to recognize the start of the I-75 widening project, which will help improve the quality of transportation in one of the fastest growing regions of the state.”
When the project is completed, I-75 will be six lanes from Alligator Alley (S.R. 951) to the Lee/Charlotte County border. This project will relieve traffic congestion, reduce travel delays, and improve safety for Florida families and visitors on the Interstate for southern and eastern Collier County including Naples, Golden Gate, and Marco Island. Work will also include widening the bridges at the Golden Gate canal, improvements to the exiting ramps at Golden Gate Parkway and S.R. 951, noise wall installation and drainage improvements.
Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Jim Boxold said, “I commend Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature for their continued support of transportation improvements in our great state. This marks the second year in a row that the Governor has recommended and the legislature has approved a $10 billion plus budget for transportation infrastructure investments.”
Speaker Pro Tempore Matt Hudson said, “The I-75 widening will greatly strengthen Collier County’s ability to attract residents and visitors, and I am excited to join Governor Scott in recognizing the start of this project. We have kept transportation improvement at the top of our priority list, because we know it is a great step in creating jobs and growing opportunity in Florida.”
At the end of the event, Governor Rick Scott stayed to take photos with citizens, department staff and the construction project team.