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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
August 5, 2003

 

TAFT UNVEILS PLAN TO IMPROVE OHIO'S TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
Jobs and Progress Plan to Create New Jobs and Stimulate Ohio's Economy

COLUMBUS (August 5, 2003) Governor Bob Taft today unveiled his 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.

"We must rebuild our stressed and outdated highway network to ensure that Ohio remains the transportation hub of the nation," Taft said. "This aggressive, but realistic plan will improve our transportation system, create thousands of jobs across Ohio, and enhance our quality of life."

Taft and Lt. Gov. Jennette Bradley provided details of the plan through a series of events across the state. Major components of Tafts Jobs and Progress Plan include:

  • Creating a $5 billion, 10-year Ohio construction program to address the states most pressing needs;
  • Addressing high-congestion, high-crash locations on freeways;
  • Improving state bridges and pavement conditions; and
  • Connecting all parts of Ohio by completing rural routes.

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 vowed to work closely with Ohios Congressional Delegation to secure additional federal funding.

"I commend our Congressional Delegation for their support in working to increase the federal transportation funding coming to Ohio, but we need to do more," said Taft. "With their help, 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 Central Ohio, including:

  • Reconstructing I-70 and I-71 split south of downtown Columbus to improve safety;
  • A $2 million reconstruction project to improve U.S. 36 near I-71 in Delaware County; and
  • Completing the 161 Corridor between Newark and Columbus.

 

For more information on the Jobs and Progress Plan, please visit:
The Jobs and Progress Plan page (archived) ;
for the statewide overview of the plan, view the General Overview (2.67Mb PDF) ; and to access more information on this specific region, view the Central Ohio Region document (2.13 Mb PDF covering ODOT Districts 3, 5 and 6)

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