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Ohio beats Recovery Act Deadline on Transportation Investments
More than $935 million in state and local infrastructure projects approved by Feds

COLUMBUS (Wednesday, February 24, 2010) - With one of the most diverse multi-modal stimulus portfolios in the nation, the Ohio Department of Transportation and its local transportation partners have received final federal authorization on more than $935 million in state and local projects - well before the national deadline next week.

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Ohio was allocated $935.7 million through the Federal Highway Administration, with a deadline to have all of these funds authorized for specific projects by March 1, 2010. Any state that did not meet this deadline would lose uncommitted funds, which would then be redistributed to other states.

"Throughout the entire Recovery Act process, ODOT has meet every deadline, assuring that every transportation stimulus dollar made available to this state is invested to put Ohioans back to work building our multi-modal transportation system of the future," said ODOT Director Jolene M. Molitoris.

ODOT, along with the state’s major metropolitan planning organizations and local communities, received federal authorization on 395 transportation projects in which to invest these dollars - with a combination of roadway and bridge projects, water port expansions, bike and pedestrian enhancements, and airport and railroad development.

"When these stimulus projects are complete, more than 2,000 miles of Ohio roadways will be safer, stronger, wider and ready to move Ohio’s people and freight," said Director Molitoris, "and 250 bridges will be safer and ready to handle the traffic needs of Ohio’s future."

This $935.7 million is part of the more than $1.5 billion total in transportation stimulus funds awarded to Ohio under the Recovery Act.

Since the start of the stimulus, Ohio workers on stimulus-funded projects have logged more than 660,600 hours and earned more than $21 million in paychecks.

For the month of December alone - when active construction on many projects slowed due to the colder weather - Ohio workers still logged more than 64,300 hours, earning paychecks worth $2.1 million.


For more information contact:
Scott Varner, ODOT Central Office Communications, at 614-644-8640