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First-of-its-Kind Dashboard Highlights Benefits of Federal Highway Investment in Florida

Wednesday, June 24, 2020  
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First-of-its-Kind Dashboard Highlights Benefits of Federal Highway Investment in Florida

National and state-by-state data available:

 artbahighwaydashboard.org

 

WASHINGTON – Florida leveraged $644.2 million in federal funds to advance $1,798.7 million in highway improvements during fiscal year (FY) 2018, according to an interactive tool that for the first time provides the public and elected officials a clear look at how and where the state invests its transportation tax dollars.

Obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Highway Dashboard: A 50-State Guide to the Benefits of Federal Investment” displays information on more than 639 Florida projects that moved forward in FY 2018. Based on Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) data, the dashboard provides the same information for all states.

The top five projects receiving federal funding in the state during 2018 included:

  • SR 968/SW 1ST STREET AT MIAMI RIVER (BRIDGE #870660);BRIDGE REPLACEMENT;CONSTRUCTION
  • I-75 AT SR 70 INTERCHANGE - ADD LANES;CONSTRUCTION
  • ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION AND CONGESTION MANAGEMENT TECH DEPLOYMENT PROGRAM (ATCMTD):CONNECTING THE EAST ORLANDO COMMUNITIES PROJECT; PED/SAFE GREENWAY
  • SR15(US1) FROM: ALLIGATOR CREEK TO: BEGINNING OF C&G;RESURFACING;CONSTRUCTION
  • SR 414 (MAITLAND BLVD) FROM SR 400 (I-4) TO CR 427 (MAITLAND AVE); ADD LANES & REHABILITATE PVMNT; CONSTRUCTION

“This dashboard helps shift the conversation from how much each state gets to specific outcomes and benefits,” ARTBA President Dave Bauer says.  “Such transparency and accountability will help residents better understand the value they are getting from infrastructure investments.” 

The current federal FAST Act surface transportation law expires September 30.  As Congress continues working on a new long-term bill, the dashboard will help members of Congress and their staffs to learn more about projects and how federal funds are being utilized in their respective states, ARTBA says.

“The dashboard spotlights the important role the federal highway program plays in our state,” says Ananth Prasad, President of the Florida Transportation Builders' Association (FTBA). “Passage of a long-term bill by Congress with increased investment is the right medicine to significantly boost our economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

In FY 2018, 29 percent of projects costs were for reconstruction or repair work on existing highways, according to the ARTBA analysis.  Planning, design and construction engineering (21 percent of funds), added capacity (15 percent) and new construction (14 percent), are among 12 ways the state spent its transportation dollars.

Compiled by ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black, the ARTBA Highway Dashboard features the top projects dating back to 1950. This data is submitted by states as part of FHWA’s Fiscal Management Information System (FMIS).

The Florida Transportation Builders' Association (FTBA) is the voice for the road and bridge building industry in the State of Florida. Established in 1933, FTBA consists of individuals and private sector firms actively engaged in the construction of transportation systems or in the furnishing materials, equipment or other services for such construction.

Established in 1902 and with more than 8,000 public and private sector members, the Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA advocates for strong investment in transportation infrastructure to meet the public and business community demand for safe and efficient travel.

Learn more: artbahighwaydashboard.org.