Governor DeSantis’ Florida Freedom First Budget Invests a Historic $10.4B in Transportation Infrastructure

Press Release
December 14, 2021

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis unveiled his Freedom First budget for Fiscal Year 2022-23. The proposed budget invests a historic $10.4 billion in funding for Florida’s transportation infrastructure. This budget builds upon the state’s investments in critical improvements and enhancements over the last three years and will allow the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to stay focused on maintaining a safe and efficient transportation system to ensure that Florida continues to serve as a model for infrastructure across the nation.

“Florida’s significant investment in transportation infrastructure is not new; rather, it is what makes Florida a nationwide leader in transportation. Governor DeSantis’ continuous investment in transportation has had very real and tangible positive impacts on Floridians’ everyday lives,” said FDOT Secretary Kevin J. Thibault, P.E. “Each day, millions of Floridians rely on our state’s quality multi-modal transportation system to live their life and receive the critical goods they need for their families. This budget represents additional critical investments in Florida’s communities, economy, and future of our state.”

Governor DeSantis’ Freedom First budget includes $9.27 billion for the FDOT’s Work Program, a five-year plan of transportation projects defined in Section 339.135, Florida Statutes. The department identifies needs-based projects, which must be consistent with laws, policies, program objectives, and priorities.  This includes the following transportation investments:

• $3.6 billion for highway construction to include 138 new lane miles

• $1.2 billion in resurfacing to include 2,637 lane miles

• $117.3 million in seaport infrastructure enhancements

• $297.2 million for aviation improvements

• $185.5 million for scheduled repairs of 52 bridges and replacement of 17


• $597.7 million for rail/transit program advancements

• $154.9 million for safety initiatives

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Scott Dailey
Scott Dailey(@scott-dailey)
2 years ago

how much of this money is from the Federal Government?

DENNIS JAY(@dennisjay)
2 years ago

I suspect most of these funds are a result of President Biden’s infrastructure bill — legislation that every Florida Republican legislator voted against.

Thomas Smith
Thomas Smith(@high-n-dry)
2 years ago
Reply to  DENNIS JAY

Due to the fact the the proposed State budget is real and not just a wish list from the Federal Government, we the citizens of Florida pay for this. If the crazys in DC decide to pass their lunicy, we might see some of the funding. Our Governor works in the realm of reality.

Richard Norman Kurpiers
Richard Norman Kurpiers (@guest_63384)
2 years ago
Reply to  Thomas Smith

1. Residents of Florida pay federal taxes.

2. The infrastructure bill was already passed by Congress and signed into law by Biden.

3. Given the budget is for next year, I don’t know how it wouldn’t account for federal funds due to Florida for infrastructure.

4. If #3 above isn’t accurate, how should a Florida resident, who pays federal taxes, feel about a governor and state representatives who decline the money on principal, while paying $.25+ per gallon on fuel to fund infrastructure projects?