Palmetto Bay, Fla. — Yesterday, Gov. Scott announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection issued a permit to begin construction on a 2.6 mile bridge along the Tamiami Trail. Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg released the following statement today:
“Yesterday’s announcement green-lighting the construction of 2.6 miles of bridging along the Tamiami Trail shows leadership toward removing barriers to water flow and restoring the Everglades,” said Eric Eikenberg, CEO of Everglades Foundation. “This project is a vital step toward eliminating constraints and restoring sheet flow. While there is still a lot of work left to do, the Foundation is pleased to see progress made and looks forward to breaking ground on this important project. We thank the governor for his continued leadership on the bridging of Tamiami Trail.”
In August 2013, Gov. Scott announced a $90 million commitment to bridge the Tamiami Trail in Miami-Dade County. The Trail currently acts as a dam, blocking water flow south into Everglades National Park. Completion of this 2.6 mile bridge advances ecological connectivity and increases the volume of water allowed to flow freely south of the Tamiami Trail which has been blocked since the 1920’s.