Washington DC malfunction impacts Florida transportation construction projects


TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis called attention to the impacts that inaction and dysfunction of Congress are beginning to have on all types of transportation projects in Florida. Congress failed to secure timely approval to fund the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), ending federal support for construction of federal highway projects and putting most of the agency’s employees on leave. The infrastructure package, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to vote on, contains $ 110 billion for roads, bridges and other projects, as federal authorization expired yesterday.

While Congress continues to fail to do its job, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is not shutting down work on transportation projects because the department understands that any undue delay on these projects will directly impact hundreds of people. thousands of Floridians. However, work currently underway on these projects will not receive federal funding or support and may not be reimbursed, forcing Florida taxpayers to cover Washington’s incompetence.

“Once again, the delays in Washington are having an impact on the lives of Floridians,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “It is unacceptable that Congress or the Biden administration are using highway construction as a bargaining chip and letting Florida taxpayers foot the bill. It’s even more proof that the ruling Democrats don’t want to help people, they don’t want to do anything, they just want to follow a political agenda.

“Under the leadership of Governor DeSantis, we have implemented a strong program that improves transportation statewide,” said FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, PE “We will continue to develop these highway and transit projects for as long as we can – recognizing that this state’s focus on financing transport has allowed us to do so longer than our peer states.” “

Of the approximately 3,000 federal employees put on leave due to congressional inaction, many work and reside in Florida. Florida currently receives over $ 2 billion a year from the FHWA program, funding many projects currently underway across the state.

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