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Governor’s Office Announces Federal Recovery Act Update
All Expressions of Interest for Transportation Resources
Must be Submitted to Recovery.ohio.gov No Later Than
Tuesday, March 3 to Meet Federal Deadline
Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Governor’s Office today announced an update to the federal stimulus disbursement process for transportation and Federal Highway Administration resources provided to the state through an existing transportation funding formula.
The Federal Highway Administration issued guidance late yesterday, Thursday, February 26, which requires state departments of transportation to submit data to the federal government on projects to be funded completely or partially with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds by March 17, 2009.
This deadline applies to the distribution of specific transportation infrastructure project funds, which the Ohio Department of Transportation currently estimates will total approximately $774 million.
"The transportation funds will help to position Ohio for growth today and economic progress tomorrow," Governor Ted Strickland said. "We are grateful for the opportunity to put these targeted federal stimulus resources to work in Ohio to create jobs and develop our infrastructure. We look forward to continuing to work closely in a bipartisan way with the Ohio legislature and leaders throughout Ohio to take full advantage of these stimulus funds in an efficient and accountable manner."
All interested in completing an Ohio transportation project interest submission for consideration must observe the following dates and deadlines:
Monday, March 2, 2009
- A project information sheet will be sent via email from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to the contact person for the projects already submitted through this website.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 by 5:00 PM – Final date to submit an expression of interest for transportation projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration through an existing transportation funding formula. Potentially eligible recipients who submit between March 2 and March 3, 2009 will receive a project information sheet via email immediately for completion.
Thursday, March 5, 2009 by 5:00 PM – All completed project information sheets are due back to the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - Completed project list is submitted by the Ohio Department of Transportation to the Federal Highway Administration.
Note that these deadlines apply to the transportation and Federal Highway Administration funds only, not other infrastructure elements of Ohio’s share of the stimulus resources. For example, these deadlines to do not apply to transit capital grants or rail modernization resources, or other funding streams.
The Ohio Department of Transportation will follow state and federal law and federal agency guidance in prioritizing the list of projects for funding, based on the paper and/or electronic submissions of requested information. If further information or clarification is needed for specific projects, ODOT will contact project managers.
More than 12,200 total project interest forms have been submitted through Recovery.ohio.gov, Ohio’s virtual headquarters for information regarding the infrastructure and other unbudgeted elements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which has been online for nearly three weeks.
Additional information and links to the federal requirements can be found at www.recovery.ohio.gov.