TAFT UNVEILS PLAN TO IMPROVE OHIO'S TRANSPORTATION
AKRON (August 5, 2003) Lt. Gov. Jennette Bradley was in Akron today to announce Gov. Bob Tafts Jobs and Progress Plan, the largest transportation initiative since the original creation of Ohios interstate system. The Plan will generate more than 4,000 highway construction jobs, ease freeway congestion, improve road safety and connect rural regions.
"This aggressive but realistic plan will improve our transportation system and open new economic development opportunities," said Bradley. "It will help to rebuild our congested and outdated highway network to keep Ohio competitive in the future."
Taft and Bradley were joined by elected officials and local business leaders at a series of events across the state to provide details of the plan. They also announced several projects that could be built if Ohio receives additional federal transportation funding.
The components of the Taft Jobs and Progress Plan include:
While the majority of funds to implement the Plan are already in place, key to fully implementing this strategy is this years Congressional action regarding the reauthorization of the transportation act and the enactment of a new federal energy bill. These pieces of legislation will have a direct bearing on Ohios federal transportation revenue and how much additional transportation funding the state will receive. Taft and Bradley vowed to work with Ohios Congressional Delegation to secure additional federal funding.
"We are very pleased with the support our Congressional Delegation has provided in working to increase Ohios federal transportation funding levels," said Bradley. "Through their assistance we will expand our investment in our cities, improve safety and keep Ohio economically competitive in the 21st Century."
The Jobs and Progress Plan will address many transportation needs in Akron/Canton and Northeastern Ohio including:
For more information on the Jobs and Progress Plan,
please visit: www.dot.state.oh.us/jobsandprogress/
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Contact: , ODOT, at (614) 644-8640; or Orest Holubec, Governors Office, at (614) 644-0957
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