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Rick Scott orders FDOT to suspend tolls in counties with Hurricane Matthew evacuations

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Florida’s Department of Transportation will suspend tolls in counties where there are evacuation orders. The National Hurricane Center has called Hurricane Matthew a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. The most recent forecast showed the entire east coast — spanning from Monroe to Nassau counties — could experience tropical storm or hurricane force winds, beach erosion, rip currents, and heavy rain. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency earlier this week in all of Florida’s…

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Study shows Florida has most toll roads in the nation, with more to come

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Florida has the most toll roads in the nation, with Orange County having the most per square mile in the state. There are 719 miles of Florida toll roads, reports LobbyTools, and Central Florida is at the epicenter. Orange County boasts 153 miles of toll roads, possibly making it an area with the most toll roads in the country. “Orlando has got a more fully developed, elaborate set of toll roads than really any other metro area in the U.S.,” says…

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A squirrely FDOT procurement process gets even stranger

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As Florida Politics reported in April, an ongoing procurement process within the Department of Transportation over a contract worth hundreds of millions has taken some strange turns, including a $3.6 million settlement payment to a firm that was not only ranked third in a competitive bidding process, but also left the State of Florida in a lurch when it previously divested its tolling interests. Things seem to have gotten only more curious since this last report shed light on this high-stakes procurement. To briefly…

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