Feds give $60 million for raising Everglades road

Federal officials say a $60 million grant should help raise a highway that goes across the Everglades so it won't block water flow into Florida Bay.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday that it was sending the grant to Florida to raise the unbridged part of the Tamiami Trail.

Federal officials have been pushing for money to finish raising the roadway as part of Everglades restoration.

Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature allocated another $40 million for the project.

Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg says in a statement that the $100 million project is essential to restoring the natural flow of water to Everglades National Park.