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Project Name: Southwest-Central Florida Connector

Project Website: http://floridamcores.com/

Impacted Counties: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Polk

Condemning Authority: FDOT

Project Description:

3 toll roads study areas

The Southwest-Central Florida Corridor Study has begun. Routes could be chosen as early as January 2020. The route for this project is expected to be 140 miles long.

On May 17, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7068, creating the Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) Program within the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in order to study the feasibility of three different regional corridors: The Suncoast Connector, The Northern Turnpike Connector, and The Southwest-Central Florida Connector. The three roads combined would be approximately 330 miles long.

The stated objective is to advance the construction of regional corridors that are intended to accommodate multiple modes of transportation and multiple types of infrastructure. This would include toll roads, trails, freight and passenger rail, and public transit; and multiple types of infrastructure, such as broadband, water and sewer services. FDOT is expected to perform a project evaluation, including a full Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study.

FDOT convened separate task forces to study each corridor. The first meeting was held on August 27, 2019 at the Tampa Convention Center. The task forces will make recommendations regarding the potential economic and environmental impacts of the corridor and other factors as specified in the M-CORES legislation. Each task force is expected to issue a final report by October 1, 2020. Project design is scheduled to begin immediately after the task forces issue their reports. FDOT will perform a project evaluation according to its own rules, policies, and procedures.

If feasible, construction is expected to begin no later than December 31, 2022.

Upcoming Meetings:

Community Open House – December 12, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at North Collier Park – Exhibit Hall, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, FL 34109.

Anticipated Meetings:

Community Workshops – January-February 2020

Task Force Meeting #4 – February 2020 (Date, time and location TBD – announced via press release 11/8/2019).

Task Force Meeting #5 – March 2020 in Lee County. Date, time, and location TBD.

Community Open House – March 2020 in Glades County. Date, time, and location TBD.

Task Force Meeting #6 – April 2020 (Date, time and location TBD – announced via press release 11/8/2019).

Community Workshops – April-May 2020

Task Force Meeting #7 – June 2020 in Charlotte County. Date, time, and location TBD.

Community Open House – June 2020 in DeSoto County. Date, time, and location TBD.

Florida Transportation Commission Presentation – July 2020

Task Force Meeting #8 – August 2020 in Highlands County. Date, time, and location TBD.

Task Force Meeting #9 – September 2020 in Lee County. Date, time, and location TBD.

Task Force Meeting Videos:

Task force meeting video 08/27/2019

Task force meeting video 10/24/2019 Part 1

Task force meeting video 10/24/2019 Part 2

Task force meeting video 12/09/2019 Part 1

Task force meeting video 12/09/2019 Part 2

News articles: 

The toll road is coming

No “no build” option reveals intent of toll roads

Who spoke up for adding 300 miles to Florida’s toll roads?

Routes for 3 new Florida tolls roads to be unveiled in January

Toll road routes could emerge in early 2020

DeSantis approved these toll roads

Florida Senate president calls transportation’s five-year planning ‘not realistic’ for toll roads projects

Floridians considering environmental impact of proposed road

Toll road task force meeting

Toll road that could transform Polk

Roads taking a toll on task force members as some struggle to understand need, origination

Toll road remains on fast track

Task forces will get more scrutiny over toll roads

$90 million proposed M-Cores budget not guaranteed

Toll road proposed between Polk, Collier County could shape the corridor’s future

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