BRADENTON, Fla. - The Florida Department of Transportation said yesterday that the agency did not receive bids from any of the six respondents that had shown interest in leasing an existing 78-mile-long toll road known as Alligator Alley.

DOT officials could not immediately be reached for comment about why they thought no bidders responded, or whether they would consider trying again in the future to solicit firms interested in the lease. The lease plan had become controversial in part because foreign companies were financial backers among the consortiums of prospective bidders that showed interest.

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