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Florida's Turnpike Enterprise

Florida's Turnpike Enterprise
Agency overview
Formed April 11, 2002
Preceding agency
  • Florida State Turnpike Authority (1957–1969)
Type Toll road
Jurisdiction Government of Florida
Headquarters Ocoee, Florida
Agency executive
  • Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti
Parent agency Florida Department of Transportation
Website .comfloridasturnpike

Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) is a business unit of the Florida Department of Transportation, employing private sector business practices to operate its 461-mile system of limited-access toll highways for the benefit of Florida's traveling public.[1] The current Executive Director is Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti.

History

The Florida State Turnpike Authority was authorized by the Legislature approved expansion projects and new interchanges subject to verification of economic feasibility, determination that the projects are consistent, to the maximum extent feasible, with approved local government comprehensive plans were projects are located, and completion of a statement of the project’s significant environmental impacts. Fifty road projects were submitted for consideration and, ultimately, ten new roads were identified for possible construction, subject to meeting the feasibility requirements, and 15 new interchanges.

On April 11, 2002, Governor Jeb Bush signed House Bill 261, creating Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, and directing the Turnpike to pursue innovation and best private-sector business practices, to improve cost-effectiveness and timeliness in project delivery, to increase revenues and expand its capital program, and to improve quality of service to its customers. At that time, the Office of Toll Operations, formerly a separate division of the State of Florida, was folded into the Enterprise.

System description

The flagship route of the FTE is Florida's Turnpike along with the Homestead Extension of Florida's Turnpike. The Turnpike Enterprise also owns Polk Parkway (SR 570), Suncoast Parkway (SR 589), Veterans Expressway (SR 589), Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869), the Seminole Expressway and Southern Connector portions of SR 417, the southern 11 miles (18 km) of Daniel Webster Western Beltway (SR 429) and the western eight miles (13 km) of Beachline Expressway (SR 528), known as Beachline West.[2]

The Enterprise collects tolls on the portion of Interstate 75 known as Alligator Alley, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the Pinellas Bayway System and the Beachline East (State Road 528), all FDOT-owned roads and bridges. It also provides toll collection services for the Garcon Point and Mid-Bay Bridges in Florida's Panhandle.[3]

References

  1. ^ "What is the Florida's Turnpike Enterprise?". Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ "System Description". Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Florida's Turnpike 50 Year Celebration" (PDF). Florida's Turnpike Enterprise. 2007. Retrieved October 26, 2010. 
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