Congressman Francis Rooney requests federal funding for completion of Tamiami Trail bridging project to restore Florida’s Everglades

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Congressman Francis Rooney requests federal funding for completion of Tamiami Trail bridging project to restore Florida’s Everglades, May 28, 2019 | Chris Berardi (202-897-7700) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rooney sent a letter to Secretary Elaine Chao of the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of the grant application for the FY 2019 Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP) Program which would provide funding for the completion of the Tamiami Trail Next Steps Phase II project. This project is a key component of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and would allow water to flow south into the Everglades and Florida Bay.

 

Congressman Rooney stated, “The Everglades ecosystem is vital to Florida’s economy and has a $2 trillion impact on the state. When this project is completed, water will be able to flow south into the southern Everglades and Florida bay, where it is desperately needed. Currently, Tamiami Trail acts as a barrier and heightens the risk of flooding to nearby areas and prevents. It is vital that South Florida’s ecosystem is restored to its natural state, and that starts with water flow.”


Update as of 6/3/2019
As a follow-up, the Department of Transportation has awarded Florida $60 million to complete Phase II of the Tamiami Trail project. Along with $40 million from the State of Florida, the project will now be fully funded.  Here is Congressman Rooney’s quote on the $60 Million award:

“I am thankful to Secretary Chao for acting quickly on our request for funding to complete the second phase of the Tamiami Trail bridging project. This is critical to moving water south through the everglades and into Florida Bay, where it is desperately needed. This project, along with the $200 million for CERP projects incorporated into the FY2020 White House budget request, is great news for Southwest Florida’s ecology and economy.”

 

Background: 

  • The State of Florida recently proposed providing $40 million for this project through the Florida Department of Transportation’s work program in Governor DeSantis’ 2019-2020 recommended budget.
  • In total, nearly $1.1 billion has been appropriated for Herbert Hoover Dike repairs and CERP projects in FY 2018 and FY 2019.

 

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