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Infrastructure

Florida's Heartland region is positioned to be a global hub for distribution of goods, supplies, and parts—a gateway to the United States and beyond.

 

Roadways

The road system through or near the region provides convenient access to Florida and to North America via:

  • 3 Interstate Highways
  • 1 Toll Road
  • 4 U.S. Highways
  • 12 State Roads
  • Miles of Maintained County Roads

Railways

Railways move cargo and people thru the region.

  • Cargo Track Ownership
    • CSX Transportation
    • South Central Florida Express (US Sugar)
  • Amtrak Stations
    • Sebring
    • Okeechobee

Seaports

The region is close to 14 deepwater seaports.

Greenways

Florida's Heartland region has one route managed by the Office of Florida Greenways and Trails. As a segment of the nationally recognized Florida National Scenic Trail, the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (L.O.S.T.) is 110 miles around the lake on the USACE service road atop the 35-foot tall Herbert Hoover Dike. The United States Army Corps of Engineers maintains the dike and service road, and several primitive camping sites and covered shelters along the trail for bikers and hikers.


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