For Full Story: The Daytona Beach News Journal
Article By: Mark Harper
Roads, bike paths, sidewalks. Airport runways, train crossings, bridges.
As a new governor and Legislature begin their work, so, too, goes the Florida Department of Transportation, kicking off another calendar year with another new list of projects. Department officials monitor existing infrastructure, take public input on new needs, estimate costs, put potential projects into a pipeline and work with regional elected officials, such as the River-to-Sea Transportation Planning Organization in Volusia and Flagler counties, to prioritize a five-year plan each year.
The plan is just that, a list subject to funding shortfalls or changing needs. But getting projects on the five-year plan goes a long way toward getting a bridge replacement, a road resurfacing or a new trail, says Steve Olson, public information officer for FDOT’s District 5 Office in DeLand.
Here are some highlights of Volusia-Flagler projects that landed on the new plan that starts July 1, 2019, the beginning of the 2020 fiscal year, and continues through fiscal year 2024.
• Taxiway rehabilitation, Daytona Beach International Airport. The state has $33.5 million in a combination of local, state and federal funds budgeted in fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Other airport improvements are planned for the Daytona, DeLand and Ormond Beach airports, as is $7.3 million for a Flagler County Airport runway rehab in 2021. That year will also bring nearly $3 million for construction of hangars at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport.
• Roundabout, International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach. Plans call for the roundabout to be constructed between the Halifax River bridge and State Road A1A, using $21.4 million total for engineering, right-of-way and construction, with the hiring of a contractor planned in FY 2023.
• Intersection improvements, U.S. Highway 1. At Reed Canal and Big Tree roads in South Daytona in FY 2020, and Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach and Taylor Road at U.S. 17-92 in DeLand, both starting in FY 2021.
• Bridge replacement, Barracuda Boulevard over the Indian River. Right-of-way purchases are planned for two years, then by 2022, $1.5 million is programmed for construction.