FDOT Pushes Forward With Plans for Multi-Use Corridors
A number of Florida road and highway projects have been accelerated in recent months. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) seems set on keeping the ball rolling by moving forward with a new round of Multi-Use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) Task Force meetings. However, these projects are already facing a number of challenges, not the least of which being the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Below, we discuss the issues surrounding these proposed corridor projects and what they could mean for construction companies with the chance to work on them. For assistance procuring infrastructure projects or running them smoothly, consult a Tampa construction law attorney from Cotney Attorneys & Consultants.
Toll-Road Projects Across Florida
As reported by the Tampa Bay Times, the projects being discussed are an extension of the Suncoast Parkway from Citrus County to Jefferson County, an extension of the Florida Turnpike to connect to the Suncoast Parkway, and a new corridor from Polk County to Collier County. Unfortunately, these projects have already encountered problems as a result of COVID-19. The FDOT has been forced to hold virtual meetings, and it is only as of this week, July 20, 2020, that “hybrid” meetings will be held requiring visitors to wear masks and maintain a distance of six feet from each other. Although these meetings will have already been conducted by the time you read this, you can submit comments anytime via email to FDOT.Listens@dot.state.fl.us.
COVID-19 is not why these projects are controversial, however. “Critics argue the roads will cut across naturally sensitive land and devastate rural areas.” These concerns come at a time when the White House has just relaxed environmental regulations to fight the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Although environmental protections are important, our nation is facing a national emergency. These projects will allow construction companies to better implement plans and complete needed infrastructure projects. Not only will they assist our state’s aging infrastructure, but they will also provide jobs for numerous construction workers throughout the state.
At Cotney Attorneys & Consultants, we understand the importance of infrastructure projects like these and the challenges that construction companies face when working on them. The issues discussed throughout this article illustrate how contractors must contend with problems that are both common and uncommon in the construction industry. For assistance ensuring your company’s success on infrastructure projects like these, consider partnering with the Tampa construction law attorneys at our law firm. Our team is familiar with the rules and regulations on government-funded projects as well as the COVID-19-related issues you will encounter. Cotney Attorneys & Consultants will always be here when you need an affordable, on-demand attorney.
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