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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
September 26, 2004

 

TAFT ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT PROJECTS
33 Ohio communities benefit from $12 million in federal funding from ODOT

COLUMBUS (September 23, 2004) Governor Bob Taft today announced that 33 communities and organizations will receive more than $12 million in funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation.  The federal funds will be used to preserve historic transportation sites, scenically enhance local roadways, and add pedestrian bicycle and walking paths throughout Ohio.

These transportation enhancement projects represent an investment in Ohio for all Ohioans, said Taft.  Projects like these enhance our quality of life and help build pride in our communities.

Around the state, 10 historic/archaeological projects, seven scenic/environmental projects, and 16 bicycle/pedestrian projects received funding this year.

The enhancement program was established under the current federal transportation funding legislation, Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), passed by Congress in 1998.  TEA-21 required states to set aside at least 10 percent of their Surface Transportation Program funds for enhancement projects.  The program was designed to creatively integrate transportation facilities into their surrounding communities and natural environment.

 

regional listings:                                   

Northwest Ohio received more than $2.9 million for area projects.  These include:
Bellefontaine Streetscape rehabilitation $144,000
Bradford  Sidewalk replacement    $160,000
Findlay  Downtown Streetscape     $466,328
Gettysburg  Sidewalk replacement   $160,000
New Bremen Canal Lock restoration $280,000
North Star      Sidewalk replacement  $96,000
Ohio City New Sidewalk construction $96,000
Union County  New Bike Trail and Covered Bridge Relocation $438,400
Urbana Pennsylvania Railroad Station rehabilitation $694,930
Woodville Streetscape $426,080
 
Northeast Ohio received more than $2.9 million for area projects.  These include:
Belmont County Historic Building restoration for welcome center $660,449
Columbiana  New Sidewalk construction $131,852
Columbiana County Pittsburg, Marion & Chicago Train Station rehabilitation $578,961
Columbiana County

Teegarden-Centennial Greenway Bike Trail Staging Area

$110,490
Dennison Dennison Museum rail car restoration $600,000
Harrison County  Skull Fork Covered Bridge rehabilitation $160,000
Knox County Big Run Road Bridge rehabilitation   $178,546
Newcomerstown Downtown revitalization  $728,320
 
Southwest Ohio received more than $2.9 million for area projects.  These include:
Chillicothe New Pedestrian Bridge construction $880,000
Fayette County Mark Road Bridge rehabilitation  $357,120
Ripley New Riverwalk     $1,739,138
 
Southeast Ohio received more than $3.3 million for area projects.  These include:
Athens Bike Trail extension   $529,431
Coshocton County Park District  Ohio-Erie Canal Preservation $128,000
Gallia County   Adamsville Bridge rehabilitation  $480,000
Gallipolis    Farm Road trail extension  $240,000
Logan   New Sidewalk construction       $85,000
Matamoras            Metamoras Bikeway improvements   $45,254
Morgan County    Helmick Mill Covered Bridge rehabilitation $168,000
Muskingum County   Muskingum Trail extension $414,281
Pomeroy  New Walkway/Promenade $10,000
Racine Racine Sidewalk replacement   $55,000
Washington County  New Barlow Township Sidewalk construction $157,554
Zanesville 6th Street rehabilitation $940,000