Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority meets after indictments

Board passes agreement on I-4, SR 408 interchange project

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority met on Monday for what could be the last time after the controversy surrounding its members.

The meeting comes days after a grand jury indicted Former Rep. Chris Doworth and Scott Batterson, who was already indicted on bribery charges in April.

Marco Pena was also investigated by the state attorney's office after allegations that they met behind closed doors and violated the Florida Sunshine State law about open meetings.

Mayor Teresa Jacobs on Monday spoke directly to Chairman Walter Ketchum Jr. about how he handled the investigation and said she hopes he remains on the future board.

Gov. Rick Scott will sign a bill creating a new board of elected officials rather than appointed, which is something Jacobs was pushing for for years.

At the previous meeting, the board passed an agreement with the Department of Transportation that promises the expressway authority will pay $230 million to revamp the interchange between Interstate 4 and State Road 408.

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