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NEWS RELEASE

 Ohio Department of Transportation  Internet News Release
July 31, 2003

Federal Government Approves Ohio's Four-Year Transportation Program

[COLUMBUS] Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor announced today Ohios four-year spending plan for transportation construction and improvements that will use federal funding was approved by the Federal Highway Administration.

"With this approval from the federal government, we can now focus on moving forward with these needed highway construction and maintenance projects that will benefit all Ohioans," said Proctor.

The program, known as the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), is a federally mandated planning document that details how ODOT and Ohio Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) plan to distribute federal transportation funding throughout Ohio. The program identifies highway, transit, rail, bikeway and other transportation projects to be funded from 2004 through 2007. Federal law requires the STIP to be balanced against expected revenues.

Each of the states 17 MPOs and the 12 ODOT district offices held local public meetings this spring to discuss the program and accept comments about planned transportation projects.

Among the larger projects approved for construction in the STIP are: widening U.S. 22 in Hamilton and Warren counties, upgrading the Interstate 70 and State Route 202 Interchange in Montgomery County, widening Interstate 77 near the Akron/Canton Airport, and widening U.S. 20 in Wood and Sandusky counties.

A number of other projects including a study of the Interstate 70/71 split were approved for development in the STIP. Information about other projects in the STIP can be obtained from the ODOT Office of Urban and Corridor Planning at (614) 466-0754;  and on the STIP Web page