Broward County is currently working on a collaborative 5-year Plan due August 2020 to the Independent Transportation Surtax Oversight Board. The Plan will include public engagement opportunities around large projects.
At the June 18th Broward County Commission meeting, the Board approved funding for FY2020 County Public Works projects in the amount of $24.5M, and the very first cycle of municipal projects.
These transportation surtax funded projects will help stimulate our local economy and mitigate impacts of COVID-19. This entails building a foundation through mobility advancement and the creation of direct, indirect and induced jobs. Keeping these revenues local is the priority.
In addition, roadway improvements such as fiber optic installations, traffic signal upgrades and synchronization, lighting and drainage projects, plus numerous transportation-related studies, Broward County Transit service enhancements, and data and technology research are in full swing.
County Commissioners unanimously adopted a 30% participation goal for certified County Business Enterprise (CBE) firms for all eligible projects funded by the surtax. This could potentially mean millions of dollars annually and billions of dollars over the 30-year duration of this innovative initiative for local contractors.