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NEWS RELEASE

 Ohio Department of Transportation  Internet News Release
December 29.2004

ODOT to Accept Applications for Community Projects

(Columbus) Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor announced ODOT will begin accepting funding request applications on January 1 for Transportation Enhancement, Small City, Municipal Bridge, and Local Major Bridge projects. The programs provide federal funding for a variety of transportation infrastructure projects throughout the state.

 These projects do more than provide public beautification and address safety concerns, said Proctor. They help promote growth, economic development and foster goodwill throughout our communities.

Transportation Enhancement Program Federal funding is available to preserve historic transportation sites, scenically enhance local roadways, and add pedestrian bicycle and walking paths throughout Ohio. Local governments outside the boundaries of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are eligible for program funding. Additionally, local governments within Allen, Belmont, Licking and Washington counties that are within an MPO region can also apply to receive project funding. Citizen groups or other private organizations can also sponsor a project by coordinating with the local government having jurisdiction over the transportation facility involved. The funding will be provided for projects to be awarded in State Fiscal Year 2008.

Small City Program - The Small City Program provides federal funds to cities with populations from 5,000 to 24,999 and that are not within an MPO boundary. Currently, there are 58 Small Cities statewide that meet these criteria. This program may be used by the incorporated localities for any road, safety or signal project on the Federal-aid system. The funding will be provided for projects to be awarded in State Fiscal Years 2008-2009.

Municipal Bridge Program - The Municipal Bridge Program provides federal funds to municipal corporations for bridge replacement or bridge rehabilitation projects. The funding will be provided for projects to be awarded in State Fiscal Year 2009.

Local Major Bridge Program - The Local Major Bridge Program provides federal funds to counties and municipal corporations for bridge replacement or bridge rehabilitation projects. A Local Major Bridge is defined as a moveable bridge or a bridge having a deck area greater than 35,000 square feet. Currently, there are 50 bridges identified statewide as Local Major Bridges. The funding will be provided for projects to be awarded in State Fiscal Years 2009.