ANNOUNCES $14.5 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR
(COLUMBUS)Ohio Department of Transportation
(ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor today announced that 35 communities
across Ohio will receive a total of $14.5 million in federal
transportation enhancement funds from 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 year, a total of 35 projects are being funded
including four historic restorations and 14 scenic locations. The
other 17 projects will build or improve bicycle and pedestrian
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 Proctor.
Projects are being funded in nearly every region of the state and
include: Construction of the Blanchard River Greenway bike path and
underpass to complete the bike path system from downtown Findlay to
Riverside Park in northwest Ohio; Construction of an extension to the
Holmes County Trail from Killbuck to Millersburg in northeast Ohio;
Construction of a new facility central to the 11-mile Conotton trail
to house restrooms and concessions for trail users in Harrison County
in eastern Ohio; Rehabilitate a covered bridge on Mt. Olive Road in
Vinton County in southern Ohio; And streetscape improvements in
western Ohio in the city of Greenvilles Public Square which include
new sidewalks, decorative lighting and landscaping.
To be eligible for funding, projects must have a local government
sponsor, provide a 20 percent cash match to the federal funds and not
be located within one of the states 14 ineligible Metropolitan
Planning Organization (MPO) regions. Funding for these communities
comes through ODOT directly to the MPO to allocate to the communities.
ODOT has been funding transportation enhancement projects since
1992. In the past 14 years, the department has funded 620 projects for
a total of $292 million.
Funded projects will be scheduled for construction through 2010.
List of 2006 Transportation Enhancement
Transportation Enhancement Projects