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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13,  1999
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

ODOT Asks Public To Review Transportation Plan

Columbus –Today the Ohio Department of Transportation will begin a series of public meetings across the state to solicit public input on the state’s four-year transportation program.

ODOT’s 2000-2003 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is a federally mandated, four-year planning document, which details how the department will spend transportation funds statewide. The plan identifies highway, transit, rail, bikeway and other transportation projects to be funded during the period. Federal law also requires that the STIP be fiscally balanced against expected revenues.

As part of a public involvement effort, each of ODOT’s 12 district offices will hold a local, public meeting to discuss the plan and accept comments. The STIP is also available for public review and comment April 12-23 during normal business hours at each ODOT district office, all 16 Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Ohio and at the ODOT’s Central Office in Columbus.

Information on the STIP and the public meetings is also available on the Office of Planning’s web site at www.dot.state.oh.us.

Public comments will be evaluated and reflected in the final STIP. If there are significant changes between the draft and final document, the public will be given an additional opportunity to review it before it is submitted to the federal government. The final STIP must be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration for approval in late May.

Any written comments concerning the STIP should be sent to:

Ms. Suzann S. Gad, Administrator, Office of Planning, Ohio Department of Transportation, 1980 West Broad Street Columbus, OH 43223

Written comments must be received by the close of business on April 26, 1999.