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Department of Transportation

Transportation Systems Operations

What is the purpose of the program?

Transportation Systems Operations maintains the condition and expands the capacity of the State Highway System in accordance with department standards. Program activities support adding capacity to the State Highway System; routine maintenance of the State Highway System; inspection and rating of state and local bridges; operation of the state's movable bridges; and enforcement of laws and agency rules that regulate the weight, size, safety, and registration requirements of commercial motor vehicles. In addition, the program provides resources to develop and apply solutions to traffic engineering problems that do not require major structural alterations of existing or planned roadways.

What units make up Transportation System Operations?

Transportation Systems Operations consists of ten units.
  • The Emergency Management Office, a vital element of the State Emergency Response Team, is responsible for preparing for, responding to, recovering from and mitigating against emergency situations that affect the state's inter-modal transportation systems.
  • The Environmental Management Office helps the department integrate environmental and stewardship principles into all plans and programs and balance natural, human, cultural and physical considerations with sound engineering principles, with the goal of preserving the quality of our environment and communities.
  • The Office of Construction is committed to providing safe and efficient facilities for the traveling public through developing, improving, and disseminating policies, procedures, manuals, guidelines, resources, and training for use by stakeholders to successfully complete construction contracts. The Office of Construction also supports FDOT's District offices as it relates to the construction of projects across the state.
  • The Office of Design develops policy, procedures, criteria, and standards for the design of Florida's roadways, bridges and other structures.
  • The Office of Maintenance develops and provides policies, procedures, training, criteria and standards for the maintenance of Florida's bridges and roadways.  The Office of Maintenance's functional areas include Contract Management, Motor Carrier Size and Weight, Performance Management, Program Resources, Roadway Operations and Structures Operations.
  • The Office of Materials ensures that the materials used in transportation construction projects meet the required department specifications. In addition, the program investigates new and emerging technologies to improve the long-term performance of transportation facilities.
  • The Office of Right of Way has a primary mission of acquiring the real property necessary for the construction of transportation facilities. The Office of Right of Way is also charged with the control of outdoor advertising signs along state highways and management of the Logo sign program along interstate highways.
  • The Program Management Office develops and provides policies, procedures, training, and guidance to support the design, construction and maintenance of Florida roads and bridges.  Their functional areas manage specifications, estimates, final plans, local programs, product evaluation and utilities.
  • The State Safety Office continually improves the safety of the traveling public. The Safety Office consists of the following sections: federal highway safety grants, crash data, bicycle pedestrian program, Safe Routes to School Program, crossing guard train the trainer, and employee health and safety.
  • The State Traffic Engineering and Operations Office provides support and expertise in the application of traffic engineering principles and practices to improve safety and mobility.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions


Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance. The Legislature enacted Ch. 2019-43, Laws of Florida, which created this program within the department.  The purpose of the program is to revitalize rural communities, encourage job creation, and provide regional connectivity by building three new toll roads: the Southwest-Central Florida Connector (Collier County to Polk County), the Suncoast Connector (Citrus County to Jefferson County), and  the Northern Turnpike Connector (northern terminus of the Florida Turnpike northwest to the Suncoast Parkway). Construction is planned from December 31, 2022, to December 31, 2030. 

In February and March 2020, FDOT released initial policies and graphics for all three M-CORES corridors that include policies to enhance and protect existing  roads, infrastructure, and environmental assets such as water flow and wildlife corridors.  The maps show areas FDOT has committed to, as a starting point, that will not be impacted or that new corridors will not go through.  A related report will be due to the Governor and Legislature in the fall of 2020.

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
The Department of Transportation's Office of the Inspector General reports are available on its website.
The Florida Transportation Commission reports on department operations and performance are available on its website.
Websites of Interest
Florida Transportation Commission
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials
Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapters 207, 215, 316, 334, 335, 338, 339, and 348, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Office of the Secretary, 850-414-4100