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Transportation Review Advisory Council Internet Media Advisory/Public Notice
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2002
TRAC Releases Another Short Projects List
COLUMBUS Faced with unpredictable state and federal revenue, the state panel which oversees the funding of major new transportation projects today approved just $21,525,000 to develop but not construct seven projects.
The nine-man council, headed by ODOT Director Gordon Proctor, gave approval to its second straight lean project list. No money was allocated for the year 2007. Last December, the panel approved $20 million for eight projects, again allocating no new money for construction. In 2000, the TRAC authorized spending $209 for construction.
"We no longer have a large pool of money to build new projects," Proctor said. "We have to continue to spend money to preserve the system and hope that state and federal revenues increase. Over the last few years, ODOT has reduced costs and streamlined processes to save money; we cannot squeeze and shave the system more."
The federal legislation funding ODOT and other state DOTs expires next October. Ohios state gasoline tax at 22 cents a gallon was last raised in 1993. The federal tax on gasoline is 18.4 cents a gallon.
Although the TRAC today approved $3 million to help fund construction of an interchange at Interstate 70 and State Route 202 (Huber Heights) in fiscal 2004, the project is not actually new, but a part of the widening of I-70. Money from ODOTs District 7 office in Sidney is to help fund the construction, then be repaid by the TRAC.
Currently, the TRAC has 48 projects under
construction or to be constructed; they are worth $2.4 billion. A
detailed list of the projects can be viewed at:
The draft project list will be subject to written public comments until March 28.
Write: TRAC Coordinator Michael Cull, c/o ODOT,1980 W. Broad St., Cols., Ohio 43223
The seven new projects to get TRAC money for development in the years 2003 through 2006 are:
Link to: TRAC Web site |