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The Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

December 30, 2005

ODOT to Accept Applications for Community Projects

(COLUMBUS)Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor today announced ODOT will begin accepting funding request applications on Jan. 1 for Transportation Enhancement, Small City and Municipal Bridge projects. The programs provide approximately $27 million in federal funding, through ODOT, for a variety of local transportation infrastructure projects throughout the state.

These projects are important to our communities, said Proctor. They help them develop infrastructure which promotes growth and economic development. They also provide funds to enhance a communitys quality of life by making safety upgrades and adding aesthetics to local projects.

Transportation Enhancement Program The Transportation Enhancement Program makes available $11 million in federal funding to preserve historic transportation sites, provide landscaping and other scenic enhancements to local roadways and add pedestrian bicycle and walking paths throughout Ohio. The funding will be provided for projects to be awarded in State Fiscal Year 2009. The application process will begin Jan.1, 2006 by submitting a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the respective ODOT district office by Feb.1. Based on acceptance of the LOI, sponsors will be invited by ODOT beginning March 1, 2006 to complete an application, which is to be submitted by May 1.

Small City Program - The Small City Program provides approximately $8 million in federal funding to cities with populations between 5,000 and 24,999. 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 highway system. The funding will be provided for projects to be awarded in State Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010. The application process is Jan.1 through March 1, 2006.

Municipal Bridge Program - The Municipal Bridge Program provides approximately $8 million in federal funding to municipal corporations for bridge replacement or bridge rehabilitation projects. The funding will be provided for projects to be awarded in State Fiscal Year 2010. The application process is Jan.1 through March 1, 2006.

For specific information on program details, application processes and corresponding policies, please visit http://www.dot.state.oh.us/local.