BRADENTON, Fla. - In what is perhaps a sign of the economic downturn and a slowdown in public-private partnerships in other states, numerous domestic and international firms have shown interest in leasing a 78-mile-long toll road in South Florida called Alligator Alley.

Nearly 170 people attended a forum last week on the monetization proposal by the Florida Department of Transportation, many representing companies expected to bid on the public-private partnership concession. Alligator Alley would be the first existing toll road in Florida to be leased, although the state has other P3s in the pipeline.

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