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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, Office of the Secretary, Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20590

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 4, 2004
Contact: Lori Irving, Telephone: (202) 366-0660
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $7.4 Million for Florida Highway, Bridge Projects

Investment Will Fund New Tamiami Bridge, 16 Other Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced that newly released funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will help reduce congestion, enhance safety and improve traffic flow at key transportation projects around the state. The Bush administration is providing more than $7.4 million for replacement of the Tamiami Bridge in Dade County and 16 other Florida transportation projects.

"Investing in Florida's highways is the best way to get people to their jobs, families to their homes and goods to market," Secretary Mineta said.

Several of the projects will ease congestion on some of the state's most heavily traveled roads. The Bush administration has slated more than $850,000 for replacement of the Tamiami Bridge and more than $1.1 million for improvements to SR-694 in Pinellas Park.

Other projects include more than $375,000 for ferryboats that will provide service for the city of Palatka and more than $565,000 for the Timucuan Preserve Bike Trail.

"The funding we're announcing today is an investment in the transportation infrastructure of Florida and the region," said FHWA Administrator Mary Peters. "The President understands that these investments are important to our quality of life and to keep our economy moving."

The following table shows a list of these grants for Florida.

Borders and Corridors $1,159,783
SR-694, Pinellas Park 1,159,783
Bridge $1,159,782
CR 309 Georgetown Bridge, Putnam County 289,945
Tamiami Bridge Replacement 869,837
Ferry Boat  
Capital Cost of Contracting for Water Bus Service 289,946
City of Palatka Ferry Service 376,929
Interstate Maintenance $289,946
Central Sarasota Parkway Interchange at I-75, Sarasota 289,946
ITS $3,401,924
Bay County Area Wide Traffic Signal System 404,991
TalTran ITS Smartbus Program 944,979
Hillsborough Area Reg. Transit Bus Tracking, Comm.& Security 404,991
Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Intelligent Transportation Initiative 404,991
SR 924 ITS Integration Project 539,988
SR 112 ITS Integration Project 161,996
Palm Tran, Palm Beach County, FL--Automated Veh. Location & Mobile Data Terminals 539,988
Public Lands $1,131,328
Snake Road (BIA Route 1281) Improvement 565,664
Timucuan Preserve Bike Trail 565,664
TCSP $289,946
Central Avenue Parking Facility and Pedestrian Improvements 57,989
Lakeland In-Town Bypass Phase II 231,957

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