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Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

December 29, 2006

ODOT TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR COMMUNITY PROJECTS

COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Director Gordon Proctor today announced ODOT will begin accepting funding request applications on Jan. 1, 2007 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.

Every year these programs provide core funding to Ohios small cities and municipalities, Proctor said. Whether its for an enhancement project or a bridge replacement, this funding helps to advance projects that are important to our communities.

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. 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 2010. The application process will begin Jan.1, 2007 by submitting a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the respective ODOT district office by Feb.1, 2007.

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 Year 2010. The application process runs from Jan.1, 2007 through March 1, 2007.

Municipal Bridge Program - The Municipal Bridge Program provides approximately $8 million in federal funding to municipal corporations and transit authorities for bridge replacement or bridge rehabilitation projects. Bridges must carry vehicular traffic to be eligible for funding. Bridges that exist solely for railroad or pedestrian facilities are not eligible for funding. The funding will be provided for projects to be awarded in State Fiscal Year 2011. The application process is from Jan.1, 2007 through March 1, 2007