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NEWS RELEASE

Ohio Department of Transportation Internet News Release
April 5, 2001

Public Invited to Comment on Transportation Plans

Columbus The Ohio Department of Transportation will release its draft 2002-2005 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) for public review and comment April 9 to April 20, in its 12 district offices, 16 Metropolitan Planning Organization offices, and ODOTs Central Office in Columbus. The STIP is a biennial listing of all federal and state-funded transportation projects scheduled for implementation.

"Because the STIP contains every planned project for highways, public transit, rail, bikeways, and other types of transportation, it really affects everyone in Ohio," said Suzann Gad, ODOT administrator of the Office of Urban and Corridor Planning. "Although the public comment period is required by law, the department really appreciates public feedback on future projects. Ohios motorists, transit passengers and travelers are our customers, and public comment is the key to ODOTs customer service."

The STIP contains project descriptions, projected construction dates, cost analysis, and identifies the type of funding to be used, including federal, state and local dollars. Public comment sessions will be held in ODOTs district offices statewide.

Feedback submitted by the public will be evaluated by ODOT and reflected in the final program. Once the STIP is finalized, it will be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration for their approval in late May.

"ODOT plans its projects strategically in order to make the most of Ohios transportation funding while providing needed improvements," said ODOT Deputy Director of Planning Matt Selhorst. "By including public comments in the process, the department aims to ensure these projects meet the needs of communities and include their ideas."