Congress has agreed to authorize eighty one point one million dollars for the expansion of Interstate 75 in Southwest Florida. U.S. Representative Connie Mack, a Republican of Cape Coral, who sits on the Transportation Committee, praised the appropriation. Mack aid, Jeff Cohen, says funding for improvements to the area’s crowded interstate highway has been a priority.
“He convinced the chairman of the house transportation committee to come and see for himself just how bad off I-75 is. In February or March Chairman Don Young did come to southwest Florida and we had a town hall about our problems and shortly thereafter the 72 millions dollars was authorized and here were are a few months later and its actually been upped to 81.1 million dollars. Connie is very happy.
Cohen says Mack worked together with fellow Floridian and Transportation Committee Member, Representative Mario Diaz-Ballart. Mack also acknowledged the support of Florida senators Bill Nelson and Mel Martinez in getting the appropriation bill out of the Senate. The funds will be used to widen of I-75 between the Lee/Charlotte County line and Golden Gate in Collier County.
Monday, 01 August 2005 01:00