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The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
October 18,  2001


$5.5 Million Project to Improve Safety and Promote Economic Development

MANSFIELD (October 18, 2001) Governor Bob Taft, Senator Bill Harris and Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor today announced a railroad overpass will be constructed on Illinois Avenue in Mansfield. The funding was provided in part through ODOTs Rail Grade Separation Program.

"This project will address existing safety concerns, increase traffic mobility and promote economic development in Mansfield," Governor Taft said.

The Illinois Avenue grade separation will be constructed over the Norfolk and Southern Railroads to provide a safe and efficient crossing for motorists. Construction on the $5.5 million project is expected to begin in 2005 and be completed in 2006.

"Governor Taft established the rail grade program to help communities deal with the impact of increased train traffic," said Proctor. "The Illinois Avenue project represents how we can help to restore safety and mobility in these communities."

The $200 million, 10-year Rail Grade Separation Program provides funding for railroad grade separations to communities most affected by increased train traffic as a result of recent rail company mergers. As part of this initiative, each project is ranked and studied for funding by a subcommittee of ODOTs Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC). Projects which demonstrate the greatest need among several categories are given priority through three tiers: Tier I projects selected for funding; Tier II projects identified for further development; and Tier III projects which did not meet all of the program criteria and identified for no further development.

The TRAC subcommittee received 74 applications, totaling $450 million. It is expected more than 30 projects will be constructed through the Rail Grade Separation Program.

Projects that have received funding include:

  • Lucas Co. Construct an overpass at Seaman Rd. and relocate Lallendorf Rd. in the city of Oregon;
  • Hamilton Co. Construct an underpass at SR 747 in conjunction with a widening project in the city of Springdale;
  • Butler Co. Construct an overpass at CR 115 in conjunction with a widening project in the city of Fairfield;
  • Lake Co. Construct two overpasses at Heisley Rd. in conjunction with a widening project in the city of Mentor; and
  • Huron Co. Construct an overpass on SR 269 in the city of Bellevue.

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