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Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

September 5, 2007

ODOT to Support Local Scenic and Historic Transportation Projects

COLUMBUS (September 5, 2007) In partnership with local communities across the state, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is awarding more than $7.3 million in federal funds to several projects that highlight Ohios rich transportation history and revitalize the scenic streetscapes of our states smaller towns.

Also among the list of 13 projects to receive funding for the 2010-11 budget cycle is the Iron Triangle Visitor's Center in Fostoria, where a 5-acre brownfield site will be transformed into a viewing area and pavilion to watch the more than 100 trains that pass by each day. ODOT will also partner with the City of Cambridge to improve the streetscape along US Route 40/National Road with decorative lighting, bike racks near the library and courthouse, and new pedestrian crossings.

These federal dollars are part of ODOTs Transportation Enhancement Program, which annually provides approximately $21 million for projects that enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historic, aesthetic and environmental aspects of transportation infrastructure. This also includes dollars for projects aimed at pedestrian and bicycle trails, which will be awarded later this month.

In larger cities, these funds are distributed by regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO). ODOT sets aside additional funds to partner with smaller communities outside of MPO boundaries, offering to fund up to 80% of the cost for construction on these historic and scenic streetscape projects.

Historic/Scenic Transportation Enhancement Awards for 2010/2011:

Antwerp

Antwerp Depot Restoration

$294,219

Lockington

Lock 1 Reconstruction

$1,898,586

Dennison

Dennis Depot Museum Phase VI

$600,000

Van Wert

Main Street Streetscape

$600,000

Bryan

Courthouse Square Streetscape

$688,103

Fostoria

Iron Triangle Visitor's Center

$815,760

Cambridge

US 40/National Road Streetscape

$418,091

Heath

SR 79 Median Enhancements

$277,200

Bremen

Bremen Gateway Enhancements

$71,271

Mount Gilead

North Public Square Improvements

$172,480

New Bremen

Lock One Tender House Welcome Center

$479,600

Ripley

Ripley Main Street Streetscape

$750,287

Dover

Tuscarawas Ave. Bridge Enhancements

$242,000

Click here for a complete detailed list of Scenic/Historic Transportation Enhancement Awards For 2010-2011