Associated Press Release
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Scott says the state will spend $90 million to further hydrate the Everglades and help lessen water woes plaguing southwest Florida.
During a stop in Fort Myers Wednesday, Scott announced a plan to construct a 2.5-mile bridge on Tamiami Trail in Miami-Dade County. A similar 1-mile bridge opened in March on the same 10-mile stretch.
The bridges replace the existing roadway, which has blocked the flow of water to the southern Everglades from Lake Okeechobee since its construction in 1928.
When the project is completed, an annual average of 210,000 acre-feet of water will be redirected.
Scott says that by building an additional bridge, more water will flow naturally through the Everglades. This will keep nutrient rich water out of the estuaries.