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Transportation Review Advisory Council

Internet News Release

January 12, 2005

 New Projects Move Governor's Transportation Plan

COLUMBUS (January 12, 2005) The Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) today approved $717.5 million for incremental additions of major new highway projects, as part of the Governor Taft's Jobs and Progress Plan announced in August 2003. The draft project list will be subject to a 90-day public comment period before the TRAC approves a final list in May.

Today we re-emphasize our commitment to ensure Ohios highway network remains one of the very best in the nation, said Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor. This funding will help construct a number of projects that will improve our transportation system and enhance the lives of countless Ohioans.

The Ohio Department of Transportation typically works on a six-year construction and planning cycle, adding a year of new projects annually. This round of TRAC project funding commitments covers the 2006-2011 time frame.

Gov. Taft's Jobs and Progress Plan is Ohio's largest transportation initiative since the original creation of the interstate highway system. The plan devotes $5 billion over the next 10 years toward Ohio's highway network, generating more than 4,000 highway construction jobs, easing freeway congestion, improving road safety and connecting rural regions.

The TRAC was created by the Ohio Legislature in 1997 to oversee fair distribution of transportation funds. The TRAC currently has 89 projects under construction, or to be constructed, totaling $4.8 billion.

A complete list of the projects receiving funding can be viewed on ODOT's Web site at www.dot.state.oh.us/TRAC.

The draft project list will be subject to written public comments until April 12. Write: TRAC Coordinator Ryan Larzelere, c/o ODOT, 1980 W. Broad St., Cols., Ohio 43223.

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