FDOT delivers final M-CORES task force reports to Gov. DeSantis

The Florida Department of Transportation has submitted its three M-CORES Task Force reports to Gov. Ron DeSantis, offering the Governor final recommendations on how to build proposed toll roads across the state.

Because the department has not begun the planning process for either the Suncoast, Northern Turnpike or Southwest-Central Florida corridors, the panel determined it was unable to fully answer the tasks the Legislature asked of it.

“The Task Force did not reach a conclusion based on the information available at this time that there is a specific need for a completely new greenfield corridor or modifications of existing facilities through the study area to achieve the statutory purpose,” according to all three reports.

Furthermore, without specific needs already identified, “the Task Force expressed a preference for improvement or expansion of existing major highway corridors,” according to the reports.

In 2019, the Legislature gave FDOT until Sunday to present its final results, which will guide the department through the coming study phases. Those findings were expected Friday, but the department released them a day earlier than anticipated.

The Suncoast Connector study area extends from Citrus County to Jefferson County, the Northern Turnpike Connector portion extends from the northern terminus of

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