I wanted to make you aware of a very important meeting that the Florida Department of Transportation is holding in Weston on Thursday night concerning the privatization of Alligator Alley. This represents a great concern of mine- the privatization of PUBLIC roadways, which were paid for with taxpayer dollars. I question if a private company wants to lease these public roads, handle their maintenance and collect the tolls, with the end result being a profit for their company- why can't FDOT do the same?!
Please see below for details about the meeting. I encourage you to attend! Please pardon the late notice, but my office only received the information from FDOT late last week.
The following information was provided by FDOT:
Broward County Alligator Alley Workshop
Date: Thursday, May 29, 2008
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Bonaventure
Address: 250 Racquet Club Road, Weston, Florida 33326
Alligator Alley is a 78-mile section of Interstate 75 in South Florida connecting the southwestern and southeastern coastal areas of Florida. It was originally constructed during the late 1960s as a two-lane, controlled access toll road and was known in the original bond documents as Everglades Parkway. From 1986 to 1992, Alligator Alley was widened to four-lanes and made a limited-access, tolled, interstate facility (I-75).
The Department faces some tough challenges ahead with on-going cost increases, revenue shortfalls and growing transportation demand. We must embrace innovative financing techniques.
For more information about the Alligator Alley project, please visit our website at: http://www.alligator-alley.com/.
If you require further information concerning this project or the scheduled workshops, please contact the Florida Department of Transportation, Project Manager, Mr.. Greg Schiess P.E., by phone at (850) 414-4146 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Requests for special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 should be made at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. Your attendance at this meeting is encouraged and any comments will be appreciated.