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The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
March 20,  2002

   

Ohios Federal Transportation Funding Agenda 
Ethanol & Equity

Next Steps
  1. Inform your constituencies regarding Ohios federal transportation funding agenda. The state of Ohio supports the elimination of all diversions of the federal motor fuel tax funds for non-transportation purposes and seeks greater equity in the return of these funds.

  2. Contact Ohios Congressional Delegation and thank them for their efforts to date and ask that they continue to keep this issue a priority.

  3. Reach out to your counterparts in the other donor states (California, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Virginia and Texas) and urge them to join in these efforts.

Ohios Federal Transportation Funding Message

"Restore full highway funding in federal fiscal year (FFY) 2003 to the current FFY 2002 level."
The state of Ohio is seeking the restoration of the administrations proposed $8.6 billion cut in highway funding. This cut amounts to approximately $234 million in transportation funding for the state of Ohio and equates to nearly the entire major new construction program for 2003.

"Urge full funding of transportation receipts"
The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) established a "firewall" which protected the integrity of the transportation user fees collected into the Highway Trust Fund and prevented the diversion of these funds for non-transportation purposes. The state of Ohio supports the continuation of this advancement made under TEA-21.

"Fix the ethanol penalty"
Redirect the diversion of the motor fuel tax on ethanol to the highway trust fund. The restoration of these funds will generate an additional $160 million in transportation revenues for the state of Ohio.

"Support a more equitable return to Ohios contribution to the Highway Trust Fund"
From 1956-1999, Ohio has received a 91 percent return on its contributions to the highway trust fund. The state of Ohio is seeking to increase this level to a more equitable 95 percent rate of return. The increase in Ohios rate of return would generate an additional $140 million in transportation revenues for the state of Ohio.

 

2003 Major New Construction Projects 
The list of major new construction projects for state fiscal year 2003 includes 17 major new construction projects. These projects are as follows:
  • Two sections of the U.S. Route 33 Lancaster Bypass - $46 million;

  • One section of the widening U.S. Route 30 in Richland County - $38 million;

  • Widening of Interstate 71 in Richland County - $37 million;

  • Reconstruction of the Interstate 70/Interstate 75 Interchange in Montgomery County - $42 million;

  • Widening of Interstate 75 in Hamilton and Butler counties - $42 million;

  • Widening of U.S. Route 20 in Lake County - $5 million;

  • Widening of Interstate 77 north of Canton - $19.5 million;

  • Widening of State Route 8 in Akron - $39 million;

  • Widening of Interstate 90 in Lake County - $9.7 million;

  • Widening of Interstate 77 in Canton - $38 million;

  • Construction of the State Route 711 Connector near Youngstown - $28 million;

  • Building a new access ramp on State Route 315 for the OSU Hospital - $4.8 million;

  • Widening of State Route 79 in Hebron - $9.8 million;

  • Improvement to State Route 45 in Ashtabula County - $5.5 million;

  • Widening of State Route 309 in Guernsey County - $3.5 million;

  • Widening of S.O.M. Center Road in Mayfield Village - $12 million.

 

Federal Funding Agenda Press Release