(Ohio Department of Transportation photo)
The Ohio Department of Transportation will invest an additional $398 million into major new projects over the next four years. ODOT's Transportation Review Advisory Council, known as TRAC, approved the final funding list Nov. 6 during a meeting in Columbus. This investment is a direct result of the transportation budget approved by the Ohio General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine last April.
"As Ohio's economy continues to grow, we must be able to address the demands put on our roads and bridges," said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. "These funds allow us to eliminate pinch points, reduce congestion and make our roads and bridges safer for moving people and goods across Ohio."
TRAC received 27 applications for development or construction of transportation projects totaling nearly $925 million. The board held a series of hearings around the state to learn about each of the applications. In October, TRAC approved a draft list and opened a public comment period.
The projects receiving construction funding are:
- $38 million for widening of I-75 (Phase 8 of Through the Valley) in Hamilton County
- $79 million for widening of I-475 and construction of a new interchange at U.S. 20A in Lucas County
- $38 million for intersection and interchange improvements along SR-32 (Eastern Corridor Segment 4A) in Clermont County
- $10 million for construction of northbound express lanes on I-71 between Stringtown Road and I-270 in Franklin County
- $65 million for widening and interchange improvements along I-77 from Arlington Road to I-77, I-277, and U.S. 224 in Summit County
- $8 million for interchange improvements to U.S. 40 and Dayton International Airport Access Road in Montgomery County
- $73 million for interchange improvements at I-270 and I-70 (Phase 1 of the Far East Freeway) in Franklin County
- $18 million for widening of SR-18 between the city of Medina and I-71 in Medina County
- $8 million for improvements to the U.S. 36 and SR-37 intersection and associated railroad bridge replacement in Delaware County
- $4.3 million for improvements to the U.S. 33 and SR-161 Interchange in Union County, bringing TRAC's total to commitment for construction of this project to $11.3 million
TRAC was established by the Ohio General Assembly in 1997. It is charged with developing and overseeing a project selection process for major new transportation capacity projects that cost more than $12 million. Since 1998, TRAC has invested nearly $11 billion into Ohio's infrastructure.