Yesterday we officially launched the Eller Drive Overpass project at Port Everglades with Governor Rick Scott breaking ground with Port and Chamber Director Phil Allen, among others, en route to an additional 767 total construction jobs.
Couple this with our other Port priorities--turning notch expansion, deepening and widening the Port's entrance channel plus intercoastal waterway, and the intermodal container transfer facility--and 135,000 jobs will be impacted.
The Eller Drive project, slated to be completed by 2013 at a cost of $42.5 million, is located on the east side of the I-595/US 1 interchange at the Eller Drive entrance to the Port, consists of the construction of a new overpass over Eller Drive and the Port Everglades Railroad. Reconstruction includes several ramps, upgrades to intersections, new railroad tracks and crossing signals, retention ponds, lighting, landscaping and irrigation.
During our brief tour of the container section of the Port, Governor Scott posed several questions regarding the economics of our priority projects. "If the project makes sense we will find the money," the governor said. There are many cities and states vying for limited funds so competition is keen.
Many community leaders attended this morning's ground breaking to show support for this expansion but more help is needed. As a business leader you can help by learning more about our strategic focus to create jobs and expand tax revenues. Then when you talk to elected officials, you can help educate them and ask for their support.