Funding Now Available for Capital Circle NW Expansion

Both agree the expansion is necessary for economic development and to help alleviate traffic congestion. A top local transportation priority could be getting a boost from the federal government.

The City of Tallahassee and Leon County governments want to expand the stretch of road on Capital Circle NW.

"We've been working for years to get funding for this in place. Congressman Boyd has really worked hard on this on our behalf,” says Jane Sauls, Chair of the Leon County Commission.

"I'm feeling pretty good, especially if we can get this funding. We're short on funding for Cap Circle all around and this funding would help a lot," adds Mark Mustian of the City of Tallahassee.

The count and city say Congressmen Allen Boyd and Ander Crenshaw should be thanked for their efforts in Washington D.C. the United States House of Representatives has approved $22 million for the expansion, which local government says is phenomenal.

Congressman Allen Boyd says it's not a small issue to the people of Tallahassee.

“It's a major issue. The local leaders have been effectively dealing with traffic. We've got to keep moving forward; part of our federal taxes needs to come back to Florida," says Boyd.

"It's just a vital cog. It needs to get done and should have done 20 years ago," Mustian adds.

"This does mean a great deal for Leon County. It frees up 22 million dollars from Blueprint 2000 that can be moved to another top priority project," Jane Sauls says.

The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate where local leaders are hoping Senators Bob Graham and Bill Nelson can get it approved. The city and county say they hope to know what the U.S. Senate decides before their July 4 recess.