The Communications Office plays an integral role in telling the department’s story. The Office is responsible for keeping the public, transportation stakeholders, media, and staff updated on FDOT projects, initiatives, partnerships, and educational campaigns. FDOT has communications staff in each district office throughout the state who work to collectively communicate the department’s message.
Through publications like reference guides, maps, and project literature, FDOT impacts and serves all Floridians and visitors, informing them about a broad range of transportation issues. Tailored to the needs of each audience, these publications explain how the department is organized, who to contact, key responsibilities, transportation financing, and the design and construction process.
Response to Inquiries and the General Public
Assisting with timely responses to inquiries from the press and public as well as taking an active role in the public involvement process are crucial functions of the Communications Office team.
Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Three Major Transportation Projects to Improve and Modernize Tampa’s Interstate System
September 13, 2021
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Senate President Wilton Simpson, House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault to announce three transportation projects that will improve the efficient, safe and reliable travel for residents, businesses and visitors to the Tampa Bay area.
Governor DeSantis Reduces Tolls for Garcon Point Bridge
July 28, 2021
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he has directed the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to reduce the toll rates on the Garcon Point Bridge from $4.50 to $2.30 for SunPass customers and from $5.00 to $2.75 for
FDOT and FHP Announce “Operation Southern Shield”
July 19, 2021
Today, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in collaboration with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) and its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), announced the kick-off of “Operation
Southern Shield,” a joint effort with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the southeastern states of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
FDOT, Safety Partners Urge Motorists to Eliminate Distractions During Summer Months
June 21, 2021
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), along with its highway safety partners statewide, is urging motorists to eliminate distractions while driving this summer. In 2020 there were more than 48,500 crashes in Florida caused
by drivers who had diverted their attention. FDOT will be educating drivers on distracted driving prevention during the peak summer travel months through paid, earned, and social media as well as community outreach statewide.
FDOT Re-Opens Pensacola Bay Bridge to Four Lanes
June 17, 2021
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will re-open the Pensacola Bay Bridge to four lanes of traffic this morning in phases, re-establishing the safe and efficient connection between the communities of Gulf Breeze and Pensacola.
The traffic pattern will revert to the configuration on the bridge prior to when it was damaged by Hurricane Sally on September 18, 2020.