Lawmakers mull power of ‘task forces’ in Bill Galvano’s three new toll-roads plan (SB7068)

Lawmakers are corralling behind a plan to start saving money for three major highway projects but they’re not sure the legislation would guarantee construction.

A Senate plan (SB 7068) to kickstart funding for three toll-road projects cleared its last committee stop Thursday. The bill is a priority for Senate President Bill Galvano and it now heads to his chamber’s floor.

Money linked to the legislation would go toward extending the Tampa-area Suncoast Parkway to the Florida-Georgia line, connecting the northern terminus of the Florida Turnpike to the Suncoast Parkway, and constructing the Southwest-Central Florida Connector between Polk and Collier counties.

Before any shovel-turning, the Department of Transportation (DOT) would have to work alongside task forces to study the viability of each plan.