WASHINGTON—The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act, which will modernize roads, bridges, public transit systems, and trails. The bill contains over $28 million in funding for eight Central Florida projects spearheaded by U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla. These initiatives will promote smoother and safer transportation, increase economic activity, promote tourism, and create good-paying jobs in Central Florida.
“Central Florida is one of the fastest growing regions in the country, and I’m incredibly proud to secure these important infrastructure investments for our region,” said Murphy. “After working with local officials to identify key priorities, I secured all eight of my requests in this bill, bringing home more than $28 million. I’ll keep fighting for more investments that improve our quality of life and help create more good-paying jobs in Central Florida.”
The Invest in America Act contains funding for numerous Murphy-led projects, including:
- $6,900,000 in funding for the Corrine Drive Complete Streets project to increase accessibility between downtown Orlando and the surrounding cluster of residential neighborhoods, retail destinations, and urban parks and trails. The project would address safety issues, deteriorating infrastructure, and the community’s desire for active transportation in the region. By remodeling the street to add bike lanes, ADA-compliant sidewalks, and trees for shade, the project would lower traffic congestion and allow for greater foot traffic in the area that will help small businesses keep their doors open and hire more workers.
- $945,832 in funding for the State Road 50/Colonial Drive project to alleviate traffic congestion and improve overall safety at key intersections along this road. This funding would be used to reconstruct traffic signals, upgrade sidewalks and crosswalks, and improve lighting. Colonial Drive is a heavily trafficked roadway in Central Florida that is frequently traversed by pedestrians from surrounding homes and businesses, and these improvements would increase economic activity and promote tourism in the area.
- $3,313,181 in funding for the Lake Monroe Loop Trail project to close a 3.4 mile gap in the trail, closing the loop from Mellonville Avenue to State Road 415. The trail was designed to be a continuous 27-mile paved trail around a scenic lake that would allow bicyclists and pedestrians to travel between downtown Sanford and other parts of the region. This funding would allow Seminole County to finally complete the project, increasing accessibility to keep up with the growth in the region.
Additionally, the bill also includes Murphy-led projects to:
- Re-design historic downtown Longwood to add pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and improve stormwater management along West Warren Avenue.
- Create a new pedestrian bridge that will connect the Little Econ Greenway and the Cady Way Trail, creating a safer way to cross State Road 436.
- Fill gaps in the sidewalk along the south side of Southcot Drive in Casselberry, improving pedestrian safety and access to different areas.
- Construct and improve turning lanes, relocate utility and light poles, and improve pedestrian signals around the intersection of University Boulevard and Dean Road.
- Expand and modernize 2.6 miles of a trail/shared use path at the E.E. Williamson Road Trail Connect as well as improve the existing Seminole Wekiva Trail System.
Learn more about the Invest in America Act here and about Murphy’s local funding requests here.
To access the video recording of a press conference with U.S. Representatives Murphy, Demings, and Soto click here.