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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
August 6, 2003

 

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

TOLEDO (August 6, 2003) Governor Bob Taft today in Toledo unveiled his Jobs and Progress Plan, Ohio's largest transportation initiative since the original creation of the interstate highway 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"We must rebuild our stressed and outdated highway network to ensure that Ohio remains the transportation hub of the nation," Taft said.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 have provided details of the plan through a series of events across the state. Major components of Taft's Jobs and Progress Plan include:

  • Creating a $5 billion, 10-year Ohio construction program to address the state's 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 year's 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 Ohio's federal transportation revenue and how much additional transportation funding the state will receive. Taft vowed to work closely with Ohio's 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," 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 Northwest Ohio, including:

  • Developing a Northwest Ohio Freight Corridor Program to address the needs of U.S. 30, U.S. 24 and the I-75/I-475 interchange area;
  • Encouraging more truckers to use the Turnpike;
  • Completing the I-280 expansion at the Maumee River Crossing; and
  • Implementing a $1.2 million reconstruction project on State Route 795 in Wood County to improve safety.

 

 

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 Southwest Ohio Region document (1.29Mb PDF covering ODOT Districts 1 and 2)  and the Northern Ohio Freight Corridor Study fact sheet.
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