Miami-Dade County announced Wednesday that it will invest $20 million to add new sidewalks, a pedestrian bridge, and bike lanes to UF’s campus in South Florida.
The county, the first to invest in an investment like this in the United States, joins other Florida cities like West Palm Beach, Palm Bay, Jupiter and Fort Lauderdale, among others, that have also made the investment.
The new pedestrian and bicycle lanes will be located near the new university and provide more space for students to walk, jog and bike to and from class.
The $20m investment will be used for the construction of sidewalks, bike lanes and other infrastructure improvements for the university.
The new funds will also be used to expand the university’s campus and increase the size of its facilities.UF has long relied on local businesses and philanthropic donations to help fund its research and development efforts, which are among the most competitive in the country.
But in recent years, the university has faced financial woes.
The university reported an $11.5 million loss in the first nine months of fiscal year 2017.
Last year, the University of Florida cut nearly 1,300 jobs, or 9 percent of its workforce, after the school’s medical center was shut down due to a devastating fire.
In 2018, the school reported a $12.7 million loss.