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CRTPA working to improve transportation systems around Big Bend area

Posted at 5:24 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 17:24:53-05

(WTXL) — The Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency is making a plan on how to improve transportation systems around the Big Bend area.

One of the projects of discussion is the Suncoast connector. If approved, the project would provide an interstate extension from Citrus County to Jefferson County, a total of about 150 miles.

Some of the benefits touched on include more options for hurricane evacuations and improved traffic flow.

The CRTPA voted in favor of the project in Tuesday's meeting.

“It definitely improves the quality of life, of course the issue we always face is funding," said Gregg Slay, Executive Director of Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency. "It’s always a lot of work to get these projects into fruition right now. We are just in the planning stage and it will take many years before these projects come to fruition."

The next step in the process is a few more meetings will take place in the near future to go more into detail on how this project will look.

The task force behind this project will then have to provide the governor's office a detailed report by October 2020. No word yet on when those meetings will be.