Feds provide loans for congestion relief in Florida, Ohio

Portsmouth, Ohio

Truckers will get some relief from congestion near Orlando and Portsmouth, Ohio thanks two loans announced recently by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Money from the DOT’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program will help make provide about $194 million to help pay for the construction of the Wekiva Parkway in Orlando, and up to $209.3 million to finance the Portsmouth Bypass in Scioto County, Ohio.

According to the DOT, the Wekiva Parkway is a planned 25-mile limited access toll road extending SR 429 from Apopka, Fla., to the intersection of I-4 and SR 417 near Sanford – effectively completing the beltway around northwest metropolitan Orlando.

Scioto County’s Portsmouth Bypass is a 16-mile, limited access, four-lane highway that will bypass about 26 miles of US 52 and US 23 in Portsmouth, helping take commercial traffic from downtown streets, according to the DOT.