Since 2003, the state has committed 75 percent of its funds to improve transportation capacity to SIS projects. If the legislature and governor designated U.S. 98 a system facility, it would compete for funding from a dramatically larger pool. But most of the highway fails to meet SIS standards; growth would essentially stop until the road is improved.
“I‘m going to have to put a lot of thought into whether I ever support it being a SIS road,” Santa Rosa County Commissioner Don Salter said Aug. 13 at a Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization meeting in Milton.
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