Even as Florida enters the busiest travel period of the year, gas prices continue to drop in Florida, a study from AAA shows.
“Northeast Florida, with its intricate network of railways, highways, and ports, remains a hotbed for federal investment and economic growth,” said Rutherford. “Following other major awards to the region, this grant will ease congestion downtown and clear rail obstructions near major hospitals.
“Floridians are eagerly anticipating the start of summer, and gas prices should not be a deterrent,” said Mark Jenkins, a spokesman for AAA and the Auto Club Group.
Noting that oil prices have reached the highest point in more than three years including crude oil rising $7 a barrel in the past week, AAA warned that gas prices will rise in the short run.
The I-4 Ultimate project was scheduled to be finished in 2021 with two toll lanes running in each direction down the center of the interstate from Kirkman Road south of Orlando to the Longwood rest area in Seminole County. That project is now reportedly at least nine months behind schedule.
The I-75 at University Parkway DDI in Southwest Florida is the first of its kind in Florida and the largest in the nation. At a cost of $74.5 million, it features a “dual crossover” design to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion by employing fewer conflict points than a traditional cloverleaf interchange.
Rubio appeared on NBC 6 Miami and said that the expressway project needs to take a backseat to Everglades restoration.
With summer nearing its end, gas prices in the nation and across the Sunshine State are starting to drop though they are still 50 cents more per gallon than this time last year.
Diaz-Balart announced the federal funds coming to South Florida at the end of last week.
AAA stressed that prices remain lower in Florida than they have in recent months.