90.7 WMFE and 89.5 WMFV are Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming and Classical Music. Part of the community since 1965, providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Fried Urges Pause on Toll Road Projects

Photo: News Service of Florida

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried wants the state to halt a plan to create new toll roads. She says the money for that project could be better used as lawmakers face a budget shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic. WFSU’s Blaise Gainey reports.

Three Department of Transportation task forces sent project recommendations Thursday to lawmakers. The reports show the toll roads are expected to require more than 100 million dollars a year. Fried says that would “put an unnecessary strain on the state’s ability to fund urgent priorities.”

Fried has also raised concerns about the environmental impacts of the roads. After the reports were released, several environmental groups were quick to note that the task force findings don’t point to an immediate need for the corridors.

The projects would extend the Suncoast Parkway from Citrus to Jefferson County, extend Florida’s Turnpike from Wildwood to connect with the Suncoast Parkway and create a new road linking Polk and Collier counties.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation in 2019 that initially approved the projects, with plans for construction to start in January 2023. The roads would be finished by 2030.

Get The 90.7 WMFE Newsletter

Your trusted news source for the latest Central Florida news, updates on special programs and more.

Stay tuned in to our local news coverage: Listen to 90.7 WMFE on your FM or HD radio, the WMFE mobile app or your smart speaker — say “Alexa, play NPR” and you’ll be connected.

WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity