For informational/historical purposes only.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 1, 1998
TRAC RELEASES NEW PROJECTS LIST
(COLUMBUS) - The Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) today released its list of transportation projects receiving funding during the next four years.
"This year, we are funding work on more projects than we have in the past because of increased federal funding and continued internal cost savings," said ODOT Director and TRAC Chairman Jerry Wray.
The TRAC funded 64 projects at a total cost of $1.6 billion during 2000 through 2003. Download the QuattroPro files detailing the projects: See HTML versions of these documents.
Highlights of the major new construction list include:
In 1997 the Ohio General Assembly created the TRAC at the request of ODOT to provide oversight for the departments major new capacity project selection process. The TRAC is an independent body consisting of nine members and is chaired by the ODOT Director.
"By developing this independent body and establishing an open, objective criteria-driven project selection process we have been able to fairly balance the requests of local communities for major new construction projects with our available resources," said Wray.
The TRACs project selection process prioritizes major new capacity projects for funding based upon a formula that scores transportation factors such as traffic accident rates, congestion and average daily track traffic. Economic development criteria such as the number of jobs created and level of investment attracted by a project is also measured. Based upon project scores projects are grouped in Tier I, Tier II or Tier III.
Transportation Review Advisory
The Transportation Review Advisory Council oversees the selection of major new transportation projects in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Transportation asked the Ohio General Assembly to create the TRAC as a permanent body in 1997. It has nine members who serve overlapping five-year terms. It is not a commission and it does not run ODOT. Instead, it serves as a board of directors to manage one process - the selection and funding of major new construction projects.
The Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) today announced the major new capacity projects to be constructed in the four-year period of State Fiscal Years 2000 to 2003. Major New Capacity projects are projects which cost ODOT more than $5 million and which do one or more of the following: increase mobility, provide connectivity, increase the accessibility of a region for economic development, increase the capacity of a transportation facility, or reduce congestion. This definition includes all new interchanges proposed for economic development or local access, any significant interchange modifications, bypasses, general purpose lane additions, intermodal facilities, major transit facilities, or passenger rail facilities.
The TRAC announcement addresses projects to be constructed or developed in State Fiscal Years 2000 to 2003. The TRAC lists projects in three tiers. Tier I are projects to be constructed in the four-year period. Tier II are projects to be advanced in the environmental, design or right of way process for construction after 2003. Tier III are projects which were proposed but were not selected for action.
ODOT asked the Ohio General Assembly to create the TRAC to have a permanent body to oversee an objective and open process for selecting new transportation projects. ODOT created an objective process in 1995 to select new projects based upon their transportation, safety and economic development merits. ODOT refined that process in 1996 and 1997. It sought the creation of the TRAC as a permanent body which is empowered in Ohio law to manage the selection process and to decide which projects are funded.
The TRAC used a written process to evaluate approximately 175 candidate projects. Each was ranked based upon its effect upon moving people and goods, safety, economic development impacts and regional support. Points were awarded and projects ranked. The TRAC was given a budget for new construction projects by ODOT. ODOT determined how much money was available for the TRAC after ODOT estimated how much money it needs to meet basic maintenance and operational needs. Based upon the project ranking, the project costs and the available revenue, the TRAC compiled a final, four-year list of projects.