Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took time Wednesday to get a little Polk County dust on his polished boots and witness progress with construction of one of the state’s premier transportation projects.

The newly minted governor toured the $42 million SunTrax complex in Auburndale, a 475-acre autonomous-vehicle testing site on Braddock Road just off the Polk Parkway. The facility will include a 2.25-mile oval track and infrastructure to test toll-road technology, equipment, software, smart-phone-based payments, lane markings and more in partnership with the nearby Florida Polytechnic University.

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