ODOT Redirects $19M to Projects Inside State’s Small Cities

Thu August 02, 2007 - Midwest Edition
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Additional federal transportation funds are flowing to Ohio’s small and rural cities, as the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) awarded more than $19 million to 17 small communities to use on local road and bridge projects inside their cities July 9.

“Through the Small City Transportation and Municipal Bridge Programs, ODOT is able to partner with more of our state’s smaller cities — typically those cities in rural areas and with limited transportation dollars — in addressing the needs of the aging local roads and bridges within their communities,” said ODOT Director James G. Beasley.

Under the Small City Transportation Program, ODOT provides up to 80 percent of the construction cost for projects located in cities with populations of 5,000 to 24,999 that are not located within Metropolitan Planning Organizations.

Under the limited Municipal Bridge Program, ODOT provides up to 80 percent of the construction cost on bridge replacement projects that meet certain state and federal requirements.

Competition for these limited federal funds has increased. For this year, cities submitted 42 different projects for funding, totaling nearly $42 million in requests.

The following is the complete list of projects awarded funding for 2010 and 2011:

Small City Transportation Program

• Defiance — $1,000,000 — Safety improvements to state Route 66

• Ada — $1,000,000 — Reconstruction, widening of Lincoln Street

• Bryan — $374,456 — Resurfacing, widening of South Main Street (SR 127)

• Clyde — $132,000 — Pedestrian/bicycle route addition to state Route 101

• Galion — $2,245,760 — Widening of state Route 61/598 to three lanes

• Crestline — $188,320 — Resurfacing of Park Road

• Mount Vernon — $1,518,00 — Reconstruction, widening of Coshocton Avenue (U.S. 36)

• Washington CH — $1,631,363 — Reconstruction of Leesburg Avenue (U.S. 62)

• Wapakoneta — $1,848,000 — Reconstruction of Bellefontaine Street

• Eaton — $2,308,000 — Reconstruction, turn-lane addition to Park Road

• Portsmouth — $2,000,000 — Reconstruction of U.S. 52

• East Palestine — $641,407 — Resurfacing on Carbon Hill Road, Martin Street, Pleasant Drive

• Uhrichsville — $1,974,080 — Reconstruction, school drop-off lane addition to Trenton Avenue

Municipal Bridge Program

• Oberlin — $159,016 — Replacement of Park Street Bridge over Plum Creek

• Street Marys — $1,057,611— Replacement of High Street Bridge over Miami and Erie Canal

• Athens — $1,275,000 — Widening of Richland Avenue Bridge over Hocking River

• Springfield* — $176,000 — Replacement of First Street Bridge

• Cleveland* — $2,500,000 — Replacement of East 93 Street Bridge over GCRTA tracks

• Toledo* — $2,500,000 — Replacement of Perrysburg-Holland Road Bridge

* Large Cities are eligible for Municipal Bridge Program funding, bringing the total amount awarded to $24.8 million.

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