BRADENTON, Fla. - The Florida Department of Transportation is seeking proposals from investors and developers to finance, design, and build the state’s first privately operated tolled expressway.

The competitive proposals, due Oct. 9, are being sought because DOT received an unsolicited proposal to lease state-owned right of way along a 33-mile-long, east-west route between Newport Richey and Zephyrhills in south Pasco County.

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