After Bad Reviews, Toll Road Plans Again Before Florida Legislators

For much of the past year, state transportation officials heard strong opposition to plans for three major new toll roads in Florida. But the controversial projects aren’t dead. They were back before the Legislature just last week.

Thousands of Floridians criticized the planned roads at dozens of task force meetings held over the past year. As a result, the task forces sent a report to the Legislature in November with no consensus on whether they should be built. But the Department of Transportation is forging ahead with the next step — environmental and economic studies.

Two Democratic senators, Lori Berman of Boynton Beach and Randolph Bracy of Orlando, pressed DOT Secretary Kevin Thibault on how much public opposition the state received. But Thibault would go no further than to say a great many people “had concerns.”