Every year, the Florida Department of Transportation creates the Five-Year Work Program (WP), an ongoing process to allocate funds for vital transportation projects over the next five years. This program relies on accurate cost estimates and funding forecasts to ensure the Department can execute planned projects successfully. This robust process is crucial for stabilizing the work program and preserving Florida’s transportation network for residents, businesses, and visitors. Additionally, the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) provides guidance on how funds move through the Work Program, serving as the state’s roadmap for its transportation future.
Let us now take a look at some of the upcoming FDOT projects in various counties around Florida that are set to shape the future of the state.
Numerous upcoming FDOT projects are in the pipeline. Among these initiatives are:
There are several new transportation projects in the Bay County area. East Avenue is set to undergo enhancements, spanning from Port Panama City to 5th Street, and extending from US 98B to Sherman Avenue. Additionally, SR 22 (Wewa Highway) will see improvements from US 98B to Star Avenue, while SR 388 is in store for enhancements starting from east of Burnt Mill Creek to SR 77. Moreover, SR 75 (US 231) will witness improvements from CR 2301 to N Campflowers Road. There’s also a significant Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study underway for State Road 20 (S.R. 20), and another for S.R. 368 (23rd Street). U.S. 231 (State Road 75) at County Road 2315 (Star Avenue)/Titus Road is slated for enhancements, along with a resurfacing project planned for U.S. 98 (15th Street).
Intersection improvements are also in the works for US 231 (SR 75) at Pipeline Road, and further enhancements are planned for US 231, extending from SR 368/23rd Street to north of Pipeline Road, and from US 98/15th Street to north of Pipeline Road. South of Pipeline Road to north of Penny Road on US 231 will also undergo repair and resconstruction. Additionally, a comprehensive PD&E Study is currently in progress for US 98 (Dupont Bridge), and a resurfacing project is planned for US 98 (SR 30) from west of Canal Parkway to the Gulf County line.
Escambia County is gearing up for a series of changes to their transportation network. Interchange improvements are in store for I-10 and SR 95 (US 29). Additionally, a PD&E Study is currently underway for the I-10 interchange at Beulah Road (SR 99). Furthermore, a comprehensive PD&E Study is in progress for the stretch of I-10 that covers the area from east of the Alabama state line to west of US 29. This study aims to identify potential improvements. The county is also focusing on Nine Mile Road, where a PD&E Study is currently underway to enhance transportation in the area. Pine Forest Road (SR 297) will see enhancements from south of I-10 to north of CR 297A.
Other repair and improvement projects are planned for S.R. 173/Blue Angel Parkway, S.R. 750 (Airport Boulevard), SR 173 (Blue Angel Parkway), SR 289 (9th Avenue), and SR 292 from Fairfield Drive to Navy Boulevard. Resurfacing projects are in the works for US 98 & U.S. 98B. Additionally, enhancements are planned for US 29 (North Palafox Street), spanning from US 90 (Cervantes Street) to SR 296 (Brent Lane/Beverly Parkway). US 90 from 9 Mile Road to west of Pine Forest Road could potentially undergo redevelopment, and there is an ongoing PD&E Study for US 90 spanning from Scenic Highway to Santa Rosa County. A comprehensive PD&E Study is currently underway for US 98 as well (Navy Boulevard).
Franklin County is gearing up for a transportation enhancement project. The county will benefit from a Trail Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study aimed at improving State Road 30 (U.S. 98).
Calhoun County has a significant transportation improvement project on the horizon. A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study is underway, focusing on enhancing the Trammell Bridge on State Road 20 (S.R. 20).
Leon County is set to benefit from a range of transportation projects. Resurfacing overhauls are planned for Capital Circle (US 319), spanning from Apalachee Parkway (US 27) to Park Avenue. Further enhancements are in store for I-10, starting from east of Capital Circle to SR 59 (Gamble Road), and from west of US 90 to west of SR 263 (Capital Circle NW). A bridge replacement project is in the works for Miccosukee Road. SR 263 Capital Circle is also in line for a multi-lane reconstruction project.
Renovation projects are also planned for SR 371/373 Orange Avenue, extending from Capital Circle to south Monroe Street, as well as State Road 20 (Blountstown Highway) and State Road 366 (Pensacola Street). SR 369 (U.S. 319) is slated for a widening project, and a multi-use path project is in progress for State Road 61 (Thomasville Road). Resurfacing efforts are planned for US 90 (Mahan Drive) and US 90 (West Tennessee Street). Additionally, Woodville Highway will see restoration efforts, spanning from Gaile Avenue to Paul Russell Road, as well as from SR 263 to Gaile Avenue.
Gadsden County is set to witness improvements on I-10, starting from west of US 90 and extending to west of SR 263 (Capital Circle NW). Additionally, renovation projects are planned for U.S. 90/State Road 10 (Washington Street), spanning from the Jackson County line to Bates Street.
Holmes County has several bridge projects on the horizon. The first project is set to enhance Robbins Bridge Road over Ten Mile Creek, while another PD&E Study is underway for SR 79, covering the stretch from I-10 to the Alabama state line. Additionally, there’s a bridge replacement project in progress for Woodham Road over Holmes Creek.
Jackson County is also focusing on bridge repairs and remodelling. The county will witness a bridge project for Woodham Road over Holmes Creek.
Okaloosa County is focusing on a series of interchange and roadway enhancements. Interchange improvements are in store for I-10 at Antioch Road. A PD&E Study is currently underway for this interchange, along with another study for the stretch of I-10 from west of Avalon Boulevard to east of SR 85. SR 188 Racetrack Road is set for improvements from Beal Parkway to Eglin Parkway. A PD&E Study is also in progress for SR 20, covering the stretch from the Okaloosa County line to the Washington County line.
New projects are also being planned for SR 30 (US 98), extending from SR 189 (Beal Parkway) to the west end of Brooks Bridge. US 98 (Harbor Boulevard) is slated for a comprehensive PD&E Study. Moreover, a PD&E Study is underway for US 331, spanning from Edgewood Circle to I-10, along with intersection modifications at I-10, Winn Dixie, and US 90. Median improvements are also in store for US 331, and enhancements are planned for the intersection of US 98 and US 331.
Liberty County is also set to benefit from a range of new projects and restoration efforts. A Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study is underway, focusing on enhancing the Trammell Bridge on State Road 20 (S.R. 20).
Santa Rosa County is set to witness several transportation improvements. Repairs and reconstruction works are being planned along I-10, from west of Avalon Boulevard to east of SR 85. A PD&E Study is currently in progress for this stretch, aiming to identify potential improvements. The county is also focusing on the SR 87 Connector, where a PD&E Study is underway. Further enhancements are planned for the SR 87A Connector, stretching from CR 191 (Munson Highway) to SR 87 North, and from US 90 to CR 191 (Munson Highway). Lighting improvements are in store for US 90, spanning from Bell Lane to Avalon Boulevard.
A PD&E Study is also in progress for US 90, from Escambia County to Glover Lane, and another for US 90, from Glover Lane to SR 87 South. Further enhancements are planned for US 90, covering the stretch from west of Avalon Boulevard to east of Stewart Street. US 98 Corridor Management is set to undergo improvements, with a PD&E Study in progress for US 98, from Portside Drive to Okaloosa County. Additionally, US 98 will witness remodeling and refurbishments, including widening of roads from Bayshore Road to Portside Drive.
Wakulla County has highway upgrades planned for US 319, extending from Lost Creek Bridge to south of East Ivan Road.
Walton County is currently conducting several ongoing studies for transportation improvements. A PD&E Study is in progress for SR 20, covering the stretch from the Okaloosa County line to the Washington County line. An extensive PD&E Study is underway for U.S. 98 (S.R. 30), from C.R. 30A near Sandestin to west of Phillips Inlet Bridge. A PD&E Study is in progress for US 331, spanning from Edgewood Circle to I-10, along with intersection modifications at I-10, Winn Dixie, and US 90. Median improvements are slated for US 331, and street repairs are planned for the intersection of US 98 and US 331.
In Washington County, a bridge project is underway to enhance Buddy Road over Brock Mill Branch. These infrastructure improvements are part of the ongoing efforts to enhance transportation networks and safety in the county.
Every year, FDOT creates a Tentative Five-Year Work Program. This plan is open for public input, and there are several ways people can get involved. Local county commissions and regional transportation organizations share their transportation priorities to make sure the plan fits each area’s needs. FDOT Districts also hold public meetings in urban areas to get community input. These meetings are widely advertised to encourage participation.
The most significant opportunity for public involvement is the statewide meeting led by the Florida Transportation Commission (FTC) in Tallahassee. After gathering input, the Tentative Five-Year Work Program is adopted and takes effect on July 1st. This process keeps transportation planning inclusive and community-focused.
Through careful planning, effective financial management, and active public participation, the forthcoming FDOT initiatives are well-positioned to boost accessibility, stimulate economic development, and improve the quality of life for residents all around the state.
Q : What is the purpose of the Five-Year Work Program (WP) in Florida?
A : The Five-Year Work Program allocates funds for priority transportation projects in Florida for the next five years.
Q : How are transportation priorities determined in Florida counties?
A : Transportation priorities are submitted by county commissions and regional transportation planning organizations, taking into account local needs and preferences.
Q : How does the public participate in Florida’s transportation planning process?
A : The public can participate through district public hearings, regional input, and statewide public hearings to provide feedback and ensure that transportation projects align with community interests.