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Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)
Official Seal
Agency overview
Formed 1969
Preceding Agency Florida State Road Department (SRD)
Jurisdiction State of Florida
Headquarters Tallahassee, Florida
Agency executive Ananth Prasad, Secretary of Transportation
Website http://www.dot.state.fl.us

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is a decentralized agency charged with the establishment, maintenance, and regulation of public transportation in the state of Florida.[1] The department was formed in 1969. It absorbed the powers of the Florida State Road Department (SRD). The current Secretary of Transportation is Ananth Prasad.[2]

Structure

The Florida Transportation Commission, made up of nine commissioners chosen by Florida's Governor and Legislature, provides oversight for FDOT.[3]

Each of FDOT's eight semi-autonomous districts is managed by a District Secretary. Following the 2002 legislation, the Turnpike District (now known as Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, or FTE) secretary became known as an executive director.

There are seven geographic districts plus the FTE.[4] The FTE owns and maintains 460 miles (740 km) of toll roads. The Department owns four other toll roads and bridges: the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Alligator Alley, the Beachline East Expressway and the Pinellas Bayway System. Tolls on all Department-owned facilities are collected by Florida's Turnpike Enterprise.

In addition, the FDOT operates and manages several park and ride lots and Commuter Assistance Programs throughout the state. Most of the 7 geographic districts have a Districtwide Commuter Assistance Program.

On March 5, 2003, Governor Jeb Bush appointed José Abreu, P.E., as Secretary of Transportation.[5]

On June 27, 2005, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Denver Stutler, Jr., as Secretary of Transportation.[5] Previously, Stutler was Bush's chief of staff.

On January 2, 2007, Governor Charlie Crist appointed Stephanie Kopelousos as Interim Secretary of Transportation; she was confirmed as Secretary on April 2, 2007.[6] Previously, Kopelousos served as FDOT's Federal Programs Coordinator.

On April 18, 2011, Governor Rick Scott appointed Ananth Prasad as Secretary of Transportation.[7]

Districts

Florida has seven transportation districts:[4]

District Name Headquarters Counties
Southwest Florida (District 1) Bartow[8] Charlotte, Collier, De Soto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Okeechobee, Polk, and Sarasota
Northeast Florida (District 2) Lake City[9] Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwannee, Taylor, and Union
Northwest Florida (District 3) Chipley[10] Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington
Southeast Florida (District 4) Fort Lauderdale[11] Broward, Indian River, Martin, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie
Central Florida (District 5) DeLand[12] Brevard, Flagler, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia
South Florida (District 6) Miami[13] Miami-Dade and Monroe
West Central Florida (District 7) Tampa[14] Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas

Office of Motor Carrier Compliance


Otherwise known as Florida’s commercial vehicle enforcement agency, headed by its director, Colonel David Dees, the Office of Motor Carrier Compliance (MCCO) mainly comprises sworn law enforcement officers and civilian weight inspectors. Similar to state troopers, MCCO officers are certified (e.g. police academy trained), armed and have full statewide law enforcement authority including powers of arrest. Primary duties include but are not limited to:

  • Issuing traffic citations pursuant to state motor vehicle laws
  • Reviewing operator logbooks and inspecting their vehicles to ensure they are in compliance with FDOT and US DOT regulations
  • Verifying operator possesses valid CDL and hazardous materials permit (if applicable)
  • Providing supplemental support to local law enforcement agencies during emergency situations

Although their primary focus is on commercial vehicles, MCCO officers can (and will) stop non-commercial drivers when serious infractions are observed.

The Office of Motor Carrier Compliance officially transitioned from the Florida Department of Transportation to the Florida Highway Patrol division of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles on July 1, 2011.[15] The consolidation is a result of Senate Bill 2160, passed by lawmakers during the 2011 Legislative Session, and places the commercial vehicle licensing, registrations, fuel permits, and enforcement all under the purview of DHSMV.

Motor Carrier Compliance officers will be “troopers”. Motor Carrier Compliance troopers’ uniforms will include the FHP patch beginning July 1. MCC troopers also will wear a Florida Highway Patrol badge. They will continue to perform commercial vehicle safety inspections and to weigh commercial vehicles with portable scales at various locations around the state, in addition to FDOT weigh stations on Florida’s highways. Motor Carrier Compliance vehicles will replace the FDOT seal with the FHP seal on door panels. The vehicles will bear the FHP license plates, too. Through attrition, motorists will eventually see more FHP black and tan vehicles patrolling Florida roadways.

Ranks

  • Colonel - Director of the Office of Motor Carrier Compliance (symbol of rank: gold eagle)
  • Lieutenant Colonel (symbol of rank: silver oak leaf)
  • Major/Chief (symbol of rank: gold oak leaf)
  • Captain (symbol of rank: 2 gold bars)
  • Lieutenant (symbol of rank: 1 gold bar)
  • Sergeant (symbol of rank: 3 chevrons)
  • Field Training Officer (FTO) (symbol of rank: 1 chevron)
  • Officer

Communications

MCCO Officers communicate using the M/A-Com State Law Enforcement Radio System. This allows them to communicate with communication centers and other state officers on the same channel. In order to distinguish themselves from other state agencies, MCCO Officers use the unit designator DELTA and then their assigned ID number.

History

Since 2001, FDOT has repaired a sinkhole that destroyed most of westbound I-4 in Lake Mary; in 2001, a tanker truck fire that critically damaged a ramp from SR 528 to I-4 in Orlando in 2002; and a car accident that destroyed an I-75 overpass near Gainesville in 2003.

In 2004, FDOT reopened the I‑10 Escambia Bay Bridge 17 days after Hurricane Ivan ripped it apart.[16]

Notable projects

In 1954, the State Road Department completed the original Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the first fixed span to connect Saint Petersburg directly to Bradenton. This greatly shortened the travel time between the two cities, as before cars would have to either use a ferry or drive about 100 miles (160 km) around Tampa Bay. A parallel span was completed in 1971 to make the bridge Interstate standard, and it became part of I-275. After the newer, southbound span was destroyed in 1980 when the SS Summit Venture collided into it, a replacement bridge was finished in 1987.

In 1974, FDOT completed Florida's Turnpike, a 312-mile (502 km) limited access toll highway that connected the panhandle area through Orlando to Miami. The turnpike is part of an initiative to finance transportation with user fees.[17]

See also

References

External links

  • Official Website
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