For Immediate Release
June 2, 2022
Freedom First Budget Makes Record Investments in Florida’s Transportation Infrastructure
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With Governor Ron DeSantis’ signing of the 2022-2023 Freedom First Budget, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) continues to build upon critical enhancements and innovations for Florida’s multimodal transportation system. This historic $12.6 billion in funding for Florida’s transportation infrastructure ensures that Florida continues to serve as a nationwide leader in transportation.
“Through Governor Ron DeSantis’ bold leadership and vision, FDOT remains steadfast in our commitment to a safe, resilient, and reliable transportation system,” said FDOT Secretary Jared W. Perdue, P.E. “The historic investments made during the 2022 Legislative Session are a catalyst in bolstering communities, supporting Florida’s thriving economy, and building upon Florida’s innovative transportation infrastructure for generations to come.”
Governor DeSantis’ Freedom First Budget includes $12.6 billion for transportation investments, making it the largest budget in FDOT history and highlights the following strategic investments:
- $4.4 billion for highway construction to include 180 new lane miles
- $1.2 billion in resurfacing to include 2,690 lane miles
- $236.6 million for bridge maintenance repairs and replacements
- $135.9 million in seaport infrastructure enhancements
- $314.5 million for aviation improvements
- $867 million for rail and transit program advancements
- $160.1 million for safety initiatives
As background, FDOT's Work Program is a five-year plan of transportation projects identified as priorities and consistent with laws, policies, and program objectives.
The Florida Department of Transportation’s mission is to provide a safe transportation system that ensures the mobility of people and goods, enhances economic prosperity and preserves the quality of the state’s environment and communities. The department is committed to building a transportation system that not only fits the current needs of Florida’s residents and visitors but also enhances mobility throughout the state to accommodate its consistent and rapid growth. The unique nature of the Sunshine State and its year-round warm climate provides numerous opportunities to achieve the department’s mission through multiple transportation modes including highways/streets, air, rail, sea, spaceports, transit, and the ever-expanding deployment of bicycle & pedestrian facilities.