The Most Expensive Road Projects in Florida

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A brief look at the Florida Department of Transportation's most expensive roadway construction projects currently underway.

6. State Road 589/Veterans Expressway/Suncoast Parkway - $386 million

Location: Tampa/Hillsborough County

FDOT District: 8 - Turnpike Authority

This improvement project will widen 11 miles of the Veterans Expressway in Hillsborough County providing much needed congestion relief to this regionally significant corridor. The improvements, which are divided into six separate projects, double the capacity of the highway from four to eight lanes. Part of the widening improvements include reconstruction of 38 existing bridges and the building of three new bridges. The widening project also includes a concurrent project to convert the section from Memorial Highway to Van Dyke Road to all-electronic tolling (AET) providing non-stop travel to the nearly 150,000 customers who travel the Veterans Expressway on a daily basis. The project will also introduce the Express Lane concept to the region. A congestion management tool, Express Lanes offer motorists a choice that provides an opportunity for a through-trip, with greater trip reliability and safety. Construction started in 2013 and is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2015.

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