The City of Port St . Lucie recently requested $ 16.7 million in U . S . Department of Transportation ( DOT ) Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity ( RAISE ) funds for a $ 29.3 million project that will improve mobility , unlock economic development and connect disadvantaged residents with emerging local job opportunities .
The proposed “ Mobility and Opportunity for All ” project will achieve the following :
• Create a separated 13-mile trail for pedestrians , cyclists and autonomous vehicles in the Tradition community , such as the one shown here ;
• Build critical road infrastructure in the adjacent Southern Grove Jobs Corridor for commercial and industrial development ;
• Optimize transit routes and build new mobility hubs to ensure lowincome and minority populations have equitable access to work in Port St . Lucie ; and
• Implement Smart City infrastructure to inform realtime traffic data analysis that can be used to dynamically adjust speed limits , flows of traffic and operation of traffic-calming features .
Though similar grants have been submitted in the past , this grant application cycle is even more timely as the COVID-19 health crisis has frozen development across the state . America ’ s recovery depends on federal infrastructure investment like the RAISE grants to put people back to work . Important before the pandemic , the proposed transportation improvements in Port St . Lucie are absolutely critical now to help jumpstart Florida ’ s recovery .