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NEWS RELEASE

 Ohio Department of Transportation  Internet News Release
June 17, 2004

ODOT Releases Long-range Infrastructure Plan

(COLUMBUS)  ODOT today released Access Ohio 2004-2030 the plan for state transportation projects in Ohio from this year to 2030. Public meetings will be held throughout the state this summer to give Ohioans a chance to review and comment on ODOTs plan.

"This document establishes the departmental direction for the next 30 years," said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor. "It outlines our plan to improve safety and increase mobility on the state highway system."

The first 10 years of Access Ohio 2004-2030 is outlined in Gov. Bob Tafts Jobs and Progress Plan, released last August. Gov. Taft set the goal of creating a $5 billion, 10-year highway construction plan to ensure the safety, preservation, and expansion of Ohios highways. Increasing the safety and efficiency of Ohios transportation system is the first and most important goal in the long-range plan.

Hundreds of transportation improvement projects are outlined in Access Ohio 2004-2030. The plan was created from information compiled by ODOT, regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), local public transit officials, the Ohio Rail Development Commission, the Transportation Review Advisory Council, and many other organizations.

The plan includes a comprehensive study of the current condition of Ohios transportation infrastructure along with a 26-year projection of needs for Ohios roads, bridges, bicycle and pedestrian trails, rail systems, and air and water ports.

The plan represents billions of dollars of taxpayer investment. Each of the projects recommended is based on a careful transportation engineering analysis and reflects ODOTs best projections of future growth and travel demand.

ODOT welcomes and encourages public comment on Access Ohio 2004-2030. Comments will be accepted through Aug. 20, 2004, and they will be incorporated into the final plan which is anticipated to be completed this fall. Comments can be submitted through ODOTs Web page at www.dot.state.oh.us/planning, at open house meetings, in writing to the ODOT Office of Urban and Corridor Planning, or by calling 1-866-308-2112.