Big Florida toll road projects get green light from Legislature

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s biggest highway expansion since the mid-1950s was approved Wednesday by the state House, which sent plans to build three major toll roads to Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The measure (SB 7068) cleared the House on a 76-36 vote, advancing an effort which has been blasted by environmentalists and planning organizations but remains a priority of Senate President Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton.

The road-building industry and Florida Chamber of Commerce are the leading champions of the projects and steered the proposal to Galvano before lawmakers convened in March. The Senate OK’d the bill 37-1 last week.

“We have the ability today to push our state forward to make sure we are looking out for the best interests of our taxpayers … and to make sure we have goods and services to take care of people,” said Rep. Jay Trumbull, R-Panama City.

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