U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., has a clear message to the U.S. Department of Transportation: provide funds to help complete the Tamiami Trail.
On Tuesday, Rooney wrote U.S. Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao backing a grant application as part of the Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP) Program. The funds will be used to complete 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,” the congressman’s office insisted.
Rooney stressed the importance of the Tamiami Trail on Tuesday.
“The Everglades ecosystem is vital to Florida’s economy and has a $2 trillion impact on the state,” Rooney said. “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.”