In response to the proposers’ requests to extend the bid submission date for Alligator Alley, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) postponed the date the bids are due from Jan. 9 to May 8, 2009. The global financial uncertainty adversely affected the ability to move forward with the process at this time.
The bid opening previously scheduled for Jan. 12, 2009 also will be rescheduled.
The bid proposals are in regards to the possible leasing of the toll road to a private concessionaire.
Alligator Alley is a 78 mi. (125 km) section of Interstate 75 in south Florida connecting the southwestern and southeastern coastal areas of Florida. It was originally constructed during the late 1960s as a two-lane, controlled access toll road and was known in the original bond documents as “Everglades Parkway.” During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Florida Department of Transportation completed construction of the Interstate 75 corridor on the west coast between Tampa and Naples. From 1986 to 1992, Alligator Alley also was widened to four-lanes and made a limited-access, tolled, interstate facility (I-75), now part of the Florida Intrastate Highway System (FIHS).
During fiscal year 2007, approximately 8.3 million toll transactions on Alligator Alley produced approximately $23.5 million in revenues. Operations and maintenance costs for that same period were approximately $6.1 million.