State Rep. Bob Cortes has filed legislation that would name a portion of State Road 417 through Seminole County after former U.S. Rep. John Mica.

Cortes’s House Bill 287, filed late Tuesday, would designate the stretch from the Orange County line, between University Boulevard and Aloma Avenue, through to Interstate 4 in Sanford as the “John L. Mica Eastern Beltway.”

Mica, a Republican, served Seminole County as a member of Congress from 1992 through 2016.

He was, for a time, a powerful member and eventually chairman of the House Transportation Committee, and was known for showering Central Florida with transportation money.

State Road 417 is a toll road, built and operated by the Florida Department of Transportation’s Turnpike Enterprise. It is part of the controlled-access, tolled expressway running from I-4 in Sanford at the north end through eastern Seminole and Orange counties, and northern Osceola County, to reconnect with I-4 outside Kissimmee.

“Congressman John Mica dedicated over thirty years of his professional career to public service and has forever changed our way of life,” Cortes, a Republican representing south-central Seminole County. “He represented his community with dignity and diligence and renaming this section of the [expressway] is a small way to honor his many contributions to Seminole County and Florida as a whole.”

If passed, HB 287 would take effect on July 1, 2018.

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