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NEWS RELEASE
The Ohio Department of Transportation & The Office of Governor Bob Taft
August 23, 2005

 

TAFT ANNOUNCES $13 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR
COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENTS
 

LONDON (August 23, 2005) Governor Bob Taft today announced that 25 communities across Ohio will receive a total of $13 million in federal transportation enhancement funds from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Each year, ODOT awards federal enhancement funding to community projects that preserve historic transportation sites, scenically enhance local roadways and add bicycle and pedestrian facilities throughout Ohio. This years funded projects include three historic restorations and five scenic locations. The other 17 projects will build or improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

These funds provide more than a facelift to each project area they build pride in our communities, Taft said. By adding new recreation resources and preserving our history, we are investing in Ohio and helping to revitalize communities and stimulate tourism.

Two of this years projects, one in Madison County and one in Knox County, are part of the Ohio to Erie trail, bringing the intrastate trail one step closer to completion. When complete, the trail will connect four of Ohio's metropolitan cities, a dozen large towns and numerous small villages on easily accessible, paved trails that are separated from highways and automobiles.

The Ohio to Erie Trail is a wonderful opportunity for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel on a safe, serene trail through Ohios countryside and experience the history that shaped our state along the way, Taft said.

More than 1,100 miles of bicycle and pedestrian facilities cross Ohio and are used by millions of Ohioans. ODOT has put almost $125 million of enhancement funding toward bike paths and pedestrian facilities since 1992. Of that, $30 million has gone toward Rails-To-Trails projects.

Other projects being funded include: final phase of development for the Dennison Railroad Depot Museum, adding decorative lighting, benches, trees and sidewalks in the villages of Carey and Anna and building underpasses to add connectivity and decorative lighting to enhance bikeways in Lima.

Each enhancement project allows communities to not only build infrastructure, but also to develop projects that directly enhance the quality of life of their residents and make their communities more desirable places to live or work, said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor.

Funded projects are scheduled to begin construction between 2006 and 2009. Click here for a complete list of funded projects by region.