Title: Request to the Dept. of Natural Resources
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00050744/00001
 Material Information
Title: Request to the Dept. of Natural Resources
Alternate Title: Request to the Dept. of Natural Resources to assist in obtaining funding for the Four River Basins project since the Legislature did not fund the request of SWFWMD for $1 million
Physical Description: 2p.
Language: English
Publication Date: June 26, 1972
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 1, Folder 7 ( FUNDING WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICTS ), Item 46
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: UF00050744
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June 26, 1972

AUG 2 9 1972

Honorable Randolph Hodges, Director C EILV .
Department of Natural Resources
Larson Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32304

Dear Senator Hodges:

The final appropriations bill, as passed by the recent legislature, included
the following'wording concerning the construction of public highway bridges
for the Four River Basins project of this District:

"No monies are included for other waterways or for construction
or relocation of highway bridges. It is the intent of the Legis-
lature that the Department of Transportation shall plan and con-
struct or relocate necessary highway bridges in the major water
management districts upon request of the Department of Natural
Resources, from primary road funds available to the Department of

This letter is the official request of the Governing Board of the Southwest
Florida Water Management District for approximately $1 million of such funds.

Our extremely pressing need is for the beginning of construction for the
Interstate 4 bridge complex over the Tampa Bypass Canal east of Tampa. The
bridges have been completely designed -- and paid for with Water Resources
Development Account funds -- some years ago. Department of Transportation
engineers advise us that only a minimal updating amount of work needs to be
done to have the plans ready. The total cost of the bridges is now estimated
over $3 million -- a rise of more than $1 million since the beginnings of the
design. Contracts for construction of the Tampa Bypass Canal segments both
north and south of these bridges are to be let in the fiscal year which begins
in a few days. So, as you can see, the need is critical as the construction
time on the bridges will be several years.

At a meeting on May 2, 1972, Secretary Mueller of the Department of Transpor-
tation told Mr. Twachtmann that, although funds were critical, he believed
that he knew of a source where funds could be made available to get this pro-
ject underway. During that conference he instructed Mr. Jay Brown to:

"'-^ .____ __________________

Honorable Randolph dges, Director
June 26, 1972
Page Two

1. Work with the Federal Highway Administration to get some downward adjust-
ment to the criteria which now calls for the maintenance of interstate
highway speeds during construction. This will reduce the costs signifi-
cantly and Mr. Mueller was confident that the Federal Highway Administra-
tion would agree.

2. Mr. Brown was instructed to have a conference with you and others to work
out the details to get the needs of both the Central & Southern Florida
Flood Control District and this District decided upon and initiated.

A subsequent meeting was held some weeks later in Tallahassee. It appears that
the situation deteriorated somewhat in that meeting in that certain wording and
dollar amounts which appeared in one of the legislative committees' records
were considered to have meaning even though the final appropriations bill clear-
ly omitted such wording.

We respectfully request that you take whatever actions are necessary to assist
us in getting construction of the Interstate 4 bridges underway, with at least
$1 million for the upcoming fiscal year. As you know, the intent of the legis-
lature is clear that the Department of Transportation is to provide these
bridges now and, since you have been so forceful in the past in helping us to
get the true intent of the legislature carried out, we will certainly appreciate
your assistance again. As you know, this same instruction appeared in the bill
last year and we heard from the Department of Transporation only that the funds
were not available or that it wasn't in their five-year plan. Having been
present during several of the appropriations committees meetings this year, I
know that the intent of the legislative committee members was made very clear
that they believe the Department of Transporation should do this. We hope that
it can now be expedited.

Very truly yours,

Chairman, Board of Governors


bc: District Governing Board
Hillsborough River Basin Board
Mr. M. G. Gibbons
Mr. L. M. Blain
Mr. Jay Landers-Governor's Office
Senator Ray C. Knopke
Senator Bill Gunter
Senator Louis de la Parte, Jr.
Representative James L. Redman
Representative T. Terrell Sessums

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