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Ohio Department of Transportation

Internet News Release

September 12, 2007

ODOT Promotes Pedal-Powered Transportation, Paths for Pedestrians

COLUMBUS (September 12, 2007) To promote healthier forms of transportation such as biking and walking, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is awarding more than $5.7 million in federal funds to several local communities to partner on the construction and renovation of bicycle trails, sidewalks and walking paths across the state.

Also among the list of 11 projects to receive funding for the 2010-11 budget cycle is new construction along the Heart of Ohio Trail in Knox County. This $2.2 million project (including a $1.7 million award from ODOT) will add to the Ohio to Erie Trail, which will eventually span the state from Cincinnati to Cleveland with easily accessible, paved trails that are separated from highways and automobiles.

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, including dollars for the growing number of projects aimed at pedestrian and bicycle trails.

Since 1992, ODOT has invested more than $148 million in federal Transportation Enhancement funds to pedestrian and bicycle trail projects.

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 projects
 

Bicycle/Pedestrian Transportation Enhancement Awards for 2010/2011:

Wauseon

Wabash Cannonball Trail Head

$81,032

Knox County

Heart of Ohio Trail

$1,760,000

Heath

Heath Bike Path Extension and Bridge

$397,802

Sidney

Canal Feeder Riverwalk Phase II

$327,792

Franklin Township (Mercer County)

Walking Bridge over Prairie Creek

$138,996

Marietta

River Trail Phase III

$553,406

Logan

SR 664 Sidewalk Project

$238,979

St. Clairsville

National Road Bikeway Tunnel

$883,129

Salem

SR 14 Sidewalk Project

$200,090

Millersburg

SR 83 Sidewalk Project

$246,400

Holmes County Park District

Holmes County Trail Phase 5A

$903,756

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