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Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 21, 2000

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES ODOT URBAN PAVING PROGRAM

Columbus Governor Bob Taft announced yesterday Ohios new standardized policy for paving U.S. and state routes in municipalities. The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Urban Paving Program was established to evenly distribute state urban paving funds throughout Ohio.

"Until now the state had no official policy to help pave these routes," said Taft. "Although ODOT frequently funded the paving of some or all of these routes within certain municipalities, the funding was not distributed evenly. This new policy aids all municipal corporations with an equitable funding program."

According to state law, cities are required to pave the U.S. and state routes within their boundaries, however, this is an expense most cities find difficult to fund. In response to this issue, the ODOT Urban Paving Program outlines an 80/20 fund allocation for each municipality, defined as a municipal corporation with a population greater than 5,000. ODOT will provide 80 percent of the paving funds, while the municipalities must provide a 20 percent match.

ODOT will continue to fund 100 percent of the paving of all Interstate and multi-lane, divided highways, as well as repair all bridges on U.S., Interstate, and state routes in municipalities.

"The Urban Paving Program increases ODOTs funding for these routes by $10 million. This new policy will provide for the paving of state routes every 10 years," said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor. "Without this funding, many municipalities could not maintain such a schedule. By aiding cities equally, the department can ensure a quality statewide transportation system."

ODOT held several meetings throughout the state where the public and local officials could comment on the policy. This input was valuable in shaping the components of the final policy.

"Certainly the local governments would like the funding to be 100 percent, but the communities recognize the goal of what the policy development team calls the partnership in paving," said Jerry Hruby, mayor of Brecksville and member of the paving policy development team. "The municipalities recognize that the 80/20 split is important and fair."

ODOT will allocate $35 million annually for the next four years for urban paving. The new policy will take effect this spring with the start of the new construction season. It can be viewed on ODOTs Web site at http://www.dot.state.oh.us/UPav/, or copies can be obtained by contacting ODOTs Office of Communications at (614) 466-8480.

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