Major New Projects
OCTOBER 8, 1998
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

 

Cuyahoga SR 91 in Solon

TRAC Action: Provide $2 million to help fund a $12 million widening. A congressional earmark from Congressman LaTourette and local funds will complete the financing.
Reasons for Action: This widening would cost ODOT only about $2 million after the federal earmark and local funds are secured.
Description of Project:

This project would widen State Route 91 in Solon from the Cuyahoga County line north to SR 43, which is Aurora Road.

Description of Area:

State Route 91 serves downtown Solon's business district and serves nearby industrial areas.

Construction Reasons:

To alleviate congestion.

Project History:

The project has been under development for a number of years by the city. Environmental and construction plans are well advanced.

Project Advocates:

The city of Solon and Congressman LaTourette.

District: 12

County-Rt.-Sec: CUY-91-0:00

PID: 7900

Project ends: Cuyahoga County line to SR 43

Length: 2.5 miles

Total cost of project remaining: $12,000,000

Total Demo/Local Awarded: $4,250,000 / $5,750,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $2,000,000









Major New Project

Ashtabula State Route 45

TRAC Action: Provide a $2 million state match to $4.6 million in Congressional funds to construct the project for $6.6 million. Construction is possible in State Fiscal Year 2001.
Reason for Action: This project widens SR 45 to eliminate bad alignment and to assist with luring of International Paper to the site.
Description of Project:

This project will straighten State Route 45 in Ashtabula County from just north of Austinburg Road to just past International Paper, a distance of about three miles. The current alignment has poor sight distance because of hills and skewed intersections.

Description of Area:

This is a developing area between Interstate 90 and US 20 in Ashtabula County.

Construction Reasons:

The road is perceived as a safety problem to local planners. In addition, International Paper company recently relocated to a site along the roadway. The company's move was predicated in part upon improvement of the road.

Project History:

The project began in 1996 with local officials working with ODOT and U.S. Rep. Steve LaTourette. The Congressman secured a $6.1 million federal earmark for this project. Remaining federal funds will be used to improve the intersection of I-90 and SR 45 and to make improvements north of the current project.

Project Advocates:

Various Ashtabula county officials such as the County Commissioners and local economic development advocates.

District: 4

County-Rt.-Sec: ATB-45-32.08

PID: 15253

Project ends: Austinburg Road to International Paper

Length: 3 miles

Major Crossroads: I-90 and US 20

Total cost of project remaining: $6,600,000

Total Demo/Local Awarded: $4,600,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $2,000,000



 

Major New Project

King Graves Interchange

TRAC Action: Provide $500,000 in matching money to fund construction in SFY 2000.
Reasons for Funding: Congressman Traficant secured more than 80 percent of the funding for this project, which is the highest priority for the region.
Description of Project: A full interchange at SR 11/King Graves Road in Trumbull County at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport
Description of Area: SR11 is a north-south National Highway System route which connects the Ohio River to Lake Erie. The location of the interchange is north of the city of Youngstown and east of the city of Warren.
Construction Reasons: The interchange would serve the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport which is close by and currently undergoing expansion. The interchange is also expected to spur economic development.
Project History: The project was initiated in the 1970s. Environmental clearance was granted in 1997. In 1998, Congressman Traficant got $5.5 million in federal demonstration funds allocated to the project. The TRAC would need to provide only $500,000.
Project Advocates: Eastgate Development and Transportation Agency, Mahoning and Trumbull County governments, U.S. and state legislators, cities of Youngstown, Warren and Girard, various local townships, the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.
District: 4

County-Rt.-Sec: TRU 11 12.60

PID: 5835

Project ends:

Interchange with King Graves Road and SR 11

Total cost of project remaining: $6,000,000

Total Demo Awarded: $5,500,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $500,000

 

 

 

Major New Project

Mahoning SR 711

TRAC Action: Provide $6 million to match federal demonstration money, allowing construction in SFY 2002.
Reasons for Action: Congressman Traficant secured more than 80 percent of the funding for this project, which has been a high priority for the local community.
Description of Project: This project will provide a freeway-to-freeway connection between I-80 and I-680 and give better access to the Youngstown Warren Airport.
Description of Area: A gap currently exists between I-680 around the city of Youngstown and I-80/SR11 north of Youngstown, requiring travel along arterials with stop lights, increasing travel time.
Construction Reasons: The project will relieve congestion on three parallel roads and is expected to spur economic development in conjunction with expansion efforts at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.
Project History: The project was initiated in the late 1960s as a commitment to the Federal Highway Administration.
Project Advocates: Eastgate Development and Transportation Agency, Mahoning and Trumbull County governments, U.S. and state legislators, cities of Youngstown, Warren and Girard, various local townships, plus the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport.
District: 4

County-Rt.-Sec: MAH 711 0.00

PID: 7386

Project ends: I-680 and I-80

Length: 3.1 miles

Major Crossroads: US422, SR193

Total cost of project remaining: $31,000,000

Total Demo Awarded: $25,000,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $6,000,000



Major New Project

North Coast Access Project

TRAC Action: Provide $8 million for construction in SFY 1999/2000
Reasons for Action: This is NOACA's number 1 ranked project. It will serve the new football stadium as well as the lakefront recreation area. Local agencies have borrowed funds to keep the project moving pending TRAC action.
Description of Project: The project's primary purpose is to link freight traffic between SR 2 and the port at Cleveland. This project has two components: Modification of the SR 2 interchange, with an underpass at West Third Street; a new West Third Street Station on the existing RTA Waterfront Line.
Description of Area: The area has major tourist attractions and a significant intermodal link critical to major industries throughout Ohio.
Construction Reasons: The construction of this interchange modification will facilitate the movement of goods, people and vehicles through a concentrated activity center. The current facility routes the port traffic through a traffic signal and sharp incline which is a safety hazard. In addition, the West Third Street Station will alleviate traffic congestion.
Project History: The Port of Cleveland has experienced two years of record cargo shipments, and significant growth is anticipated ; annual truck volumes at the port have reached 55,000 vehicles. These improvement were first identified in 1995 as important to the future growth and safety of the port.
Project Advocates: Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, city of Cleveland, Greater Cleveland Growth Assn.
District: 12

County-Rt.-Sec: Cuy - 2

PID: No PID

Project ends: Port of Cleveland

Major Crossroads: West Third Street

Total cost of project remaining: $11,000,000

Total Local Participation: $3,000,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $8,000,000



Major New Project

Athens US 50

TRAC Actions: Provide $1 million in construction funds to advance the project from 2001 to 1998.
Reasons for Action: This project does not have federal demonstration funds, but is eligible for $20 million in Appalachian funds available in the new federal highway bill. The project is currently is in Tier 1 for construction in 2001. This is the only major new project eligible for the federal Appalachian funds.
Description of Project: Expansion of existing two-lane highway to a four- lane controlled access facility.
Description of Area: Rural area with farms and residences.
Construction Reasons: Construction will complete the four-lanes of the Appalachian Corridor D in Ohio from Cincinnati to Belpre. The existing two-lane highway has high traffic and accident rate.
Project History: The project is a portion of the Athens to Coolville corridor. Environmental studies were begun in 1985, followed by design of four construction projects, right of way acquisition and construction.
Project Advocates: ODOT, Southeast Ohio Regional Organization, Appalachian Regional Commission, local governments and local residents.
District: 10

County-Rt.-Sec: ATH-50-27.21

PID:8387

Project ends: 0.19mi. S of TR142to 0.28mi. S of CR 65

Length: 4.45mi.

Total cost of project remaining: $21,000,000

Total Appalachian Regional funding: $20,000,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $1,000,000



Major New Project

Licking SR 79

TRAC Action: Provide $3 million in matching funds to allow for construction in SFY 2001
Reasons for Action: Congressman Ney got more than 70 percent of the funding for this project, which widens SR 79 to alleviate congestion and serve a busy industrial park.
Description of Project: The proposed project involves widening an existing two-lane arterial facility to a five-lane facility from the Hebron Bypass at the north end of Hebron north to the existing five-lane section in the city of Heath.
Description of Area: The area is predominantly suburban with many stop lights, intersections and driveways. Commercial development is growing.
Construction Reasons: According to 1996 traffic data, average daily traffic ranges from 18,000 to almost 25,000 throughout this section of the existing two-lane State Route 79. There are frequent stopping and turning movements that would be reduced significantly with additional lanes. Enhancing safety would also be a major factor.
Project History: The added lanes have long been a major priority for the area.. The roadway connects the city of Heath to the existing Hebron Bypass; additional lanes will alleviate congestion and improve safety throughout this area.. In the future this section could be connected to the Thornwood/Cherry Valley Road Bypass that will bring traffic over to this area from State Route 16.
Project Advocates: Licking County Area Transportation Study, ODOT, US and state legislators, local governments
District: 5

County-Rt.-Sec: LIC 79 6.65

PID: 8314

Project ends: Hebron Bypass to City of Heath

Length: 3.8 miles

Major Crossroads:

Total cost of project remaining: $12,000,000

Total Demo. Awarded: $9,000,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $3,000,000





Major New Project

Fairfield US 33 Hill/Diley Interchange

TRAC Action: Provide the $2 million needed to match what U. S. Sen. DeWine and local agencies provided. Construction is expected in 2001
Reasons for Action: This project upgrades a dangerous intersection to a safer interchange. Sen. DeWine provided a $4 million in federal demonstration funds and locals committed $1 million.
Description of Project:US 33 between Columbus and Lancaster is a heavily traveled roadway with multiple intersections which lead to delays and accidents. Making US 33 a limited access roadway would alleviate these problems.
Description of Area: Currently, the roadway is a four lane divided highway with numerous stop lights.
Construction Reasons: The purpose of this project is to increase capacity and enhance safety.
Project History: Since US 33 was built, local agencies wanted it become fully limited access.
Project Advocates: Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission, state legislators, Fairfield County local governments, city of Lancaster.
District: 5

County-Rt.-Sec: FAI 33

PID: No PID

Project ends: Hill/Diley intersection

Length: N.A.

Major Crossroads: US 33 & Hill/Diley

Total cost of project remaining: $7,000,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $4,000,000 / $1,000,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $2,000,000











Major New Project

Lancaster Bypass

TRAC Action: Fund the design phase which will cost about $5 million, and earmark another $8 million for right of way purchase in the third and fourth year. This will allow the project to advance for possible construction funding.
Reason for Action: This has been one of the highest ranked projects and is a highly ranked project in 1998. Its environmental phase is near completion and if the hiring of a design firm is not started soon, the project will be delayed.
Description of Project: The proposed project involves the construction of a U.S. Route 33 bypass around the city of Lancaster. Existing U.S. 33 through the city is a four-lane, divided highway with numerous intersections and private driveways that make it highly congested.
Description of Area: Lancaster is a city of 38,000 served by this heavily congested roadway.
Construction Reasons: This project will alleviate congestion within Lancaster and further the completion of a four lane divided highway from Columbus to Athens and the Ohio River, making southern Ohio more accessible for industrial development.
Project History: This is part of a decades-old plan to develop a four lane divided highway into southern Ohio. The project has been pursued since the early 80s. Preliminary engineering has been underway since the early 90s. The area has experienced an increase in congestion as US33 and US22 and several state routes serving the region connect within the city of Lancaster. There is a heavy mix of recreational traffic, commuter traffic to Columbus, and local traffic, with increasing volumes of truck traffic.
Project Advocates: City of Lancaster, Fairfield county engineer, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, ODOT, United States and state legislators.
District: 5

County-Rt.-Sec: FAI 22/33 9.59/9.95

PID: 12613 PE & EIS

Project ends: NW Lancaster south of the city and connecting to 33 SE of the city

Length: 15.8 miles

Major Crossroads:

Total cost of project remaining: $100,000,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $0

Total Awarded by TRAC: $5,000,000



Major New Project

OSU ramps

TRAC Action: Provide $3 million to match federal funds to allow construction in SFY 2002. ODOT will assist OSU with project development of new ramps to SR 315.
Reasons for Action: This is a high priority for OSU and Columbus. The cost is relatively low for ODOT. Congresswoman Deborah Pryce secured $3.5 million in federal demonstration money for the project.
Description of Project: The project involves adding two ramps to the existing interchange on SR 315, near Ohio State University Hospitals.
Description of Area: This project is located in Columbus in the Ohio State University area.
Construction Reasons: The purpose of this project is to enhance mobility to the Ohio State University Hospitals.
Project History: This project was proposed by University officials several years ago. However, issues involving public street access and funding have delayed the project.
Project Advocates: Ohio State University
District: 6

County-Rt.-Sec: FRA 315 5.568

PID: 7930

Project ends: Cannon Drive to SR 315

Length: .8 mile

Major Crossroads:

Total cost of project remaining:$6,500,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $3,500,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $3,000,000




Major New Project

Wood/Sandusky US 20

TRAC Action: The TRAC will provide $5 million match to fund construction in 2003.
Reason for Action: This project upgrades a dangerous intersection to an interchange to reduce accidents. US Sen. DeWine got $5 million in federal funds for this project.
Description of Project: This project will upgrade the US 20 and SR 420 intersection and provides direct access to I-280 and the Ohio Turnpike. Further widening of the roadway is under development.
Description of Area: The current facility is a two lane rural route that connects the current four lane facilities in Perrysburg and Woodville.
Construction Reasons: The project will also reduce congestion and improve safety. The route carries over 40 percent truck traffic.
Project History: Environmental studies began in 1990 and are nearing completion. Traffic, especially trucks, has grown rapidly, resulting in significant congestion.
Project Advocates: Sandusky County, Village of Woodville, trucking associations, U.S. and State Legislators, Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments.
District 2

County-Rt.-Sec: WOO-20-4.00

PID None

 
Total cost of project remaining: $10,000,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $5,000,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $5,000,000

 

 

 

Major New Project

Lake US-20

TRAC Action: ODOT will commit to use federal earmarks for intersection improvements and to provide any minor matching funds needed. Construction is expected in SFY 2000
Reason for Action: Sen. DeWine and Congressman LaTourette provided funds to widen and improve dangerous intersections in Lake County.
Description of Project:

This project will widen and reconstruct five major intersections on Mentor Ave. from the Mentor east corporation line to Fern Rd in Painesville Township and the City of Painesville. The intersections include Bacon-Bowhall Road, Lane Road, Hall Road, Center Road, and Town Line Road.

Description of Area: Residential and commercial.
Construction Reasons: Increase the capacity of this roadway to relieve existing congestion and reduce accidents.
Project History: A longstanding ODOT safety priority.
Project Advocates: ODOT D-12, local agencies
District: 12

County-Rt.-Sec: LAK-20-12.21

PID: None

Project ends: Mentor ECL to Fern Rd

Length: 2.2 miles

Major Crossroads: N&W Railroad

Total cost of project remaining: $5,000,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $5,000,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $0







Major New Project

Ottawa SR 2

TRAC Action: The TRAC will provide another $3 million to continue improving intersections between Oregon and Camp Perry, eventually providing a "Super II" two-lane highway.
Reasons for Action: This project would improve a series of intersections on SR 2 east of Toledo. Sen. DeWine provided $5 million in federal funds.
Description of Project: Upgrade existing roadway from Curtice Road to Camp Perry by widening intersections and shoulders.
Description of Area: This is a heavily traveled two-lane road with heavy truck volumes.
Construction Reasons: This project will improve safety of SR 2, which serves several wildlife refuges and parks along Lake Erie, including Maumee Bay State Park.
Project History: Part of original plan to widen all the way to the four lane divided Port Clinton Bypass. The project scope was reduced because of a funding shortage. Studies have been under way since 1972. The roadway carries a heavy mix of recreational, long distance, and local traffic as well as a high volume of trucks.
Project Advocates: Cities of Oregon, Toledo, and Port Clinton. Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. Lucas, Wood, and Ottawa county governments, U.S. and state legislators, "4-4-2" Committee.
District 2

County-Rt.-Sec: OTT-2-27.65

PID None

Project ends: N. Curtice Rd. to Camp Perry

Length: 21 miles

Major Crossroads: SR 579, SR 590, SR 19

Total cost of project remaining:$8,000,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $5,000,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $3,000,000



 

 

Major New Project

Cuyahoga SR-82 (Strongsville)

TRAC Action: Provide $4 million for construction. Combined with $1 million in local funds and federal funds secured by Congressman LaTourette , this will fund the widening project in SFY 2001.
Reasons for Action: This is a highly congested two lane roadway and a longstanding safety priority for local communities and ODOT. Strongsville has $7 million in demonstration funds for this widening project, a NOACA Tier II project.
Description of Project: This project will widen and reconstruct Royalton Road in the city of Strongsville.
Description of Area: Residential, commercial
Construction Reasons: Increase the capacity of this roadway to relieve existing congestion.
Project History: The city has supported the project for more than ten years and has provided construction plans.
Project Advocates: ODOT D-12, local agencies
District: 12

County-Rt.-Sec: CUY-82-3.66

PID: 9222

Project ends: IR-71 to IR-77

Length: 1.25 miles

Major Crossroads: West 130th St, SR-3, SR-94,

SR-176

Total cost of project remaining: $12,000,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $7,000,000 / $1,000,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $4,000,000

 

 

 

Major New Project

Cuyahoga SR-82 (Broadview Hts.)

TRAC Action: Provide the $500,000 difference between the $2.5 million congressional earmark and the $3 million requested for the reduced project.
Reasons for Action: In lieu of a widening project, Broadview Heights agreed to widen several intersections. The intersections will cost $3 million. A $2.5 million congressional earmark has been provided by Congressman LaTourette.
Description of Project: This project will widen and reconstruct intersections located on Royalton Road in the city of Broadview Heights.
Description of Area: Residential, commercial
Construction Reasons: Increase the capacity of this roadway to relieve existing congestion.
Project History: This has been a longstanding safety concern for ODOT and local governments.
Project Advocates: ODOT D-12, local agencies
District: 12

County-Rt.-Sec: CUY-82-8.16

PID: 9223

Project ends: IR-71 to IR-77

Length: 3.5 miles

Major Crossroads: West 130th St, SR-3, SR-94,

SR-176

Total cost of project remaining: $3,000,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $2,500,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $500,000

 

 

 

 

Major New Project

Cuyahoga SR-82 (North Royalton)

TRAC Action: Provide the $1.5 million difference between the $2.5 million earmark and the $4 million requested for the reduced project.
Reasons for Action: In lieu of a widening project, North Royalton agreed to widen several intersections. The intersections will cost $4 million. A $2.5 million Congressional earmark has been provided by Rep. LaTourette.
Description of Project: This project will widen and reconstruct intersections on Royalton Road in the city of North Royalton.
Description of Area: Residential, commercial
Construction Reasons: Increase the capacity of this roadway to relieve existing congestion.
Project History: This is a longstanding safety concern for ODOT and the local agencies.
Project Advocates: ODOT D-12, local agencies
District: 12

County-Rt.-Sec: CUY-82-4.87

PID: 9005

Project ends: IR-71 to IR-77

Length: 3.25 miles

Major Crossroads: West 130th St, SR-3, SR-94,

SR-176

Total cost of project remaining: $4,000,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $2,500,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $1,500,000



 

 

 

 

 

Major New Project

Hancock/Wyandot/Crawford/Richland US 30

TRAC Action: ODOT will start right-of-way acquisition and keep the project under development for possible funding in a later year.
Reasons for Action: Congressman Oxley provided an $11 million congressional earmark. The $11 million would be used to buy right of way, which is the next stage of development. Property owners requested TRAC to buy right-of-way so they can eliminate uncertainty about their future.
Description of Project: Construct a four-lane divided highway on the new alignment.
Description of Area: The current facility is a two-lane rural route that connects the current four-lane facilities.
Construction Reasons: This project will aid in the completion of the Macro Corridor System. The high volume of truck traffic is a safety hazard on the current narrow two-lane facility.
District 1

County-Rt.-Sec: HAN/WYA/CRA/RIC-30

PID 12422, 12420, 12421, 10289, 16282, 16283, 16284

Project ends: SR 235 in Hancock to Mansfield

Length: 52.4 miles

Major Crossroads:

Total cost of project remaining:$313,000,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $11,000,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $0







Major New Project

Fort to Port

Paulding/Defiance/Henry/Lucas US 24

TRAC Action: ODOT will complete environmental studies from Toledo to Fort Wayne. Any remaining funds will be saved for design.
Reasons for Action: Congressman Gillmor provided $17 million in demonstration funds for the project. The $17 million will be used to complete environmental studies from Toledo to Fort Wayne.
Description of Project: Construct a four-lane divided highway on new alignment.
Description of Area: The current facility is a two-lane rural route that connects various 4 lane facilities between Toledo and Indiana.
Project Advocates: Fort to Port Committee, ODOT, state and local lawmakers.
Project History: This highway has been a safety concern for ODOT and local agencies because of its high truck volumes.
Construction Reasons: This project will aid in the completion of the Macro Corridor System. The large amount of truck traffic is a congestion problem, as well as, a safety hazard on the current narrow two-lane facility.
District: 1

County-Rt.-Sec: PAU/DEF/HEN/LUC-24

PID: No PID

Project ends: Toledo to Fort Wayne Indiana

Length: 54.85 miles

Total cost of project remaining:$263,300,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $17,000,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $0


 


Major New Project

Chesapeake Bypass

TRAC Action: This is a high-scoring project which is finishing the environmental stage. Design is the next logical step. With the Congressional earmark pending and with a comprehensive funding package proposed, ODOT and the TRAC will proceed with design.
Reason for Action: Project has a $3.75 million Congressional earmark from Rep. Strickland. Project also is included in a comprehensive funding plan proposed by Lieutenant Governor Hollister.
Description of Project: This project will partially complete the SR 7 bypass of the Chesapeake/Proctorville area by continuing the divided, four-lane highway from SR 527, 8.4 miles east to existing two-lane SR 7 south of Athalia.
Description of Area: Area lies along the Ohio River across the river from Huntington, WVA. Many of the local residents work in Huntington. This area of Ohio is within the boundaries of the Kentucky Ohio West Virginia Agency (KYOVA) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
Construction Reasons: To reduce congestion and improve safety within Chesapeake and Proctorville. Provide opportunities for economic development.
Project History: Portions of the project were first programmed in 1967; however, discussions about the need for the project go back to at least 1953. An environmental document for the proposed project was approved in 1974
Project Advocates: The Greater Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. The KYOVA MPO
District: 9

County-Rt.-Sec: LAW 7 2.28

PID: 12069

Project ends: SR 527 and SR 7 south of Athalia

Length: 8.4 miles

Major Crossroads: SR243, SR775

Total cost of project remaining:$30,000,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $3,750,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $0


 


Major New Project

Ross US 35

TRAC Action: This is a high-scoring project which is finishing the environmental stage. Design is the next logical step. With the Congressional earmark pending and with a comprehensive funding package proposed, ODOT and the TRAC will proceed with design.
Reason for Action: Project has a $3.75 million Congressional earmark from Rep. Strickland. Project also is included in a comprehensive funding plan proposed by Lieutenant Governor Hollister.
Description of Project: This 9.4 mile project will replace the existing two-lane section of US 35 and close a gap on a Macro Corridor by building a divided, four-lane highway.
Description of Area: Rural Ross County. This is the only project on the US 35 corridor across Ohio that is not scheduled for construction. High truck traffic on a narrow roadway with dangerous railroad overpasses create high accident area.
Construction Reasons: This project will increase capacity and improve safety, while providing access to promote economic development both locally and regionally. This project is needed to complete the upgrade of US 35 to a four lane facility.
Project History: Project was first programmed in 1972.
Project Advocates: Route 35 Corridor Committee, Ross County Commissioners
District: 9

County-Rt.-Sec: ROS 35 26.22

PID: 9134

Project ends: US 50 and Richmond Dale

Length: 9.4 miles

Major Crossroads: US 50

Total cost of project remaining:$62,000,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $3,750,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $0


 


Major New Project

Ravenswood Connector

TRAC Action: This is a high-scoring project which is finishing the environmental stage. Design is the next logical step. With the Congressional earmark pending and with a comprehensive funding package proposed, ODOT and the TRAC will proceed with design.
Reason for Action: Project has a $3.75 million Congressional earmark from Rep. Strickland. Project also is included in a comprehensive funding plan proposed by Lieutenant Governor Hollister.
Description of Project: The proposed project involves relocating the existing roadway with initial construction of a Super Two-lane highway on limited access right of way, which would accommodate the future upgrade to a four-lane divided highway.
Description of Area: This project would extend from the new SR 7 interchange just northeast of the Village of Pomeroy, Meigs County south and east through the rugged terrain to the Ravenswood Bridge across the Ohio River.
Construction Reasons: The existing facility is a geometrically deficient two-lane, undivided rural arterial with substandard horizontal curvature, undesirable grades, and a moderate accident rate. This project will increase capacity and improve safety, while providing access to promote economic development both locally and regionally by completing the Macro Corridor.
Project History: The project was initiated in the mid-1980's to connect regional traffic from US 33 and SR 7 to Interstate 77 near Ravenswood, W.Va. via the Ritchie Bridge over the Ohio River. By providing access to the land that could be developed in the Great Bend area, the importance of the project became more significant and critical to local marketing efforts. Selection of the detail design consultants and commencement of design is expected in 1998.
Project Advocates: Southeast Ohio Regional Council: Route 33 Committee, Meigs County Commissioners and Engineer, Meigs County Office of Economic Development.
District: 10

County-Rt.-Sec: MEG 124 21.16

PID: 5340

Project ends: From the SR 7 interchange at Fivepoints to the Ritchie Bridge over the Ohio River at Ravenswood WV

Length: 14.5 miles

Major Crossroads: SR 7, SR 124 & SR 338

Total cost of project remaining:$52,000,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $3,750,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $0



 

 

Major New Project

Athens/Meigs US 33

 

TRAC Action: The project has completed environmental studies and is ready for the design phase. Because it is included in a comprehensive regional funding plan, ODOT will advance the project through design
Reason for Action: This project is included in the comprehensive funding plan proposed for southeastern Ohio; it is ready for design and is relatively high scoring.
Description of Project: The proposed project involves relocating the existing roadway with initial construction of a Super Two-lane highway on limited access right of way, which would accommodate the future upgrade to a four-lane divided highway.
Description of Area: This project travels through the rough terrain immediately south of the city of Athens and into northern Meigs County, connecting to the existing four-lane at Darwin.
Construction Reasons: The existing facility is a geometrically deficient, two-lane, undivided rural arterial with substandard horizontal curvature, undesirable grades, and high accident rate. This project will allow for increased capacity and improved safety, while providing access to promote economic development.
Project History: The current effort to complete the US 33 Macro-corridor through Athens County was initiated in 1993. Consultant selection is under way for design of the two construction segments.
Project Advocates: Southeast Ohio Regional Council; Route 33 Committee, Athens and Meigs County Commissioners & Engineers, The Pomeroy and Meigs County Chamber of Commerce.
District: 10

County-Rt.-Sec: ATH/MEG 33 19.25/0.00

PID: 10884

Project ends: From US 50/US 33 interchange to existing four-lane divided section south of Darwin

Length: 12 miles

Major Crossroads: US 33 and SR 681

Total cost of project remaining:$54,100,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $0

Total Awarded by TRAC: $4,000,000



Major New Project

Maumee River Crossing I-280

TRAC Action: Approve the hiring of a project manager to assist with the management of the project. The project manager will assist in hiring and managing firms for design, right-of-way and possible construction, if funding becomes available.
Reasons for Action: ODOT has $43 million in Congressional earmarks provided by former U. S. Sen. Metzenbaum and Congresswoman Kaptur. Using those funds, ODOT will advance this project into design. It is taking the extraordinary step of hiring a project manager to expedite the project because of its size.
Description of Project: Replace and widen I-280 bridge over the Maumee River.
Description of Area: Near downtown Toledo, connects I 75 with Ohio Turnpike and US 20.
Construction Reasons: Current bridge is a lift bridge with many openings for ocean going and lake freighters in the Maumee River. The roadway, a direct access to the Port of Toledo, is over capacity and carries high truck volumes. The bridge does not meet interstate standards.
Project History: Environmental document approved in 1996. The original replacement study was conducted in 1970s and another in late 1980s.
Project Advocates: Near unanimous support, including cities of Toledo, Oregon and Northwood, Lucas and Wood counties, U.S. and state legislators, Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.
District: 2

County-Rt.-Sec: LUC-280-1.62

PID 16647

Project ends: I 280 Maumee River crossing in Toledo

Length: 4.20 miles

Major Crossroads: I 75, Ohio Turnpike

Total cost of project remaining:$200,000,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $54,000,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $0



Major New Project

Stonelick Olive Branch Interchange

TRAC Action: Provide the 50 percent state match - $3.5 million - for this project.
Reasons for Action: This project upgrades an intersection to an interchange and is a key component in the Clermont County transportation plan.
Description of Project: This project provides a new interchange at existing Stonelick Olive Branch underpass to anchor the east end of the Eastgate Parkway Development.
Description of Area: This project is located east of Cincinnati in Clermont County.
Construction Reasons: To provide increased access to the region. It also serves as a basis for development and growth.
Project Advocates: Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, legislators.
District: 8

County-Rt.-Sec: CLE 32

PID: No PID

Major Crossroads: Stonelick Olive Branch Road and US 32
Total cost of project remaining:$7,000,000

Total Demo./Local Awarded: $3,500,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $3,500,000








Major New Project

I-71 Light Rail Study in Cincinnati

TRAC Action: Provide the $7.2 million over the four-year period to keep the region's top priority on schedule.
Reason for Action: The MPO is asking for $7.2 million over four years for environmental and design studies. This is the MPO's top priority.
Description of Project: To complete the Preliminary Engineering, Environmental Impact Statement, Design, and Right-of-way acquisition of the first phase or Minimum Operational Segment of the I-71Corridor Light Rail Transit line.
Description of Area: The project will provide a high level of transit to the mature urban areas within the city of Cincinnati and city of Norwood, as well as to the suburban areas of the cities of Madeira, Montgomery, and Blue Ash.
Construction Reasons: To provide for congestion relief while still accommodating economic growth and improving air quality; and act as an economic/redevelopment catalyst.
Project History: The project is a result of a Major Investment Study overseen by a 70 member committee representing the 27 local governments(Ohio and Kentucky) in the corridor.
Project Advocates:

Butler Co. Assoc. of Twp. Trustees and Clerks

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Inter. Airport

Citizens for Civic Renewal City of Blue Ash, Ohio

City of Cincinnati, Ohio City of Madeira, Ohio

City of Fairfield, Ohio City of Monroe, Ohio

City of Middletown, Ohio City of North College Hill, Ohio

City of Montgomery, Ohio City of Trenton, Oho

City of Springdale, Ohio Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce

District 8

County-Rt.-Sec: Hamilton

PID No PID

Project ends: Cincinnati riverfront to Blue Ash

Length: 16.48 miles

Total cost of project remaining:$75,800,000

Total FTA/Kentucky Awarded: $65,000,000 / 3,600,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $7,200,000



 

 

Major New Project

Clermont US 50/I-275 Interchange

TRAC Action: Provide the $1.1 million necessary to complete construction.
Reason for Action: This project will upgrade intersections related to the interchange near the city of Milford. The locals will pay 50 percent.
Description of Project: The completion of the I-275/US 50 interchange is to be done in five phases. The TRAC is funding 50 percent of fourth phase, which will upgrade congested intersections at the US 50 eastbound ramp termini as well as at US 50 and Techne Center Drive.
Description of Area: This project is located east of Cincinnati in Clermont County and is part of the county's overall plan for development.
Construction Reasons: To provide increased access to the region, reduce congestion caused by the intersections and to enhance safety.
Project Advocates: Clermont County Chamber of Commerce, legislators.
District 8

County-Rt.-Sec: CLE 50

PID No PID

Project ends: Eastman Road and Techne Center

Drive

Length: N.A.

Total cost of project remaining:$2,200,000

Total Local Participation: $1,100,000

Total Awarded by TRAC: $1,100,000