TRAC APPROVES DRAFT PROJECT LIST
Public invited to comment
until January 15, 2018
December 14, 2017) - Ten major new projects with a total investment of $55
million received approval from the Ohio Department of Transportation's
Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) on Thursday.
The projects in Tier I
(ready for construction) include:
- $18 million for phases 3, 4, and 8 of the I-475/Dorr
St. Interchange in Lucas County
- $6 million for construction of new bridge over the
Maumee River on SR 110 in Henry County
- $8.7 million for the addition of a third lane on US 35
from Whalen Blvd. to I-675 in Montgomery County
- $6 million for a deceleration lane on I-71 to SR 176 in
- $10 million for construction of a new interchange on
I-71 south of the US 36/SR 37 interchange in Delaware County
TRAC's draft funding list also includes Tier I construction
recommendations for two new projects leveraging $250 million in Turnpike
- $160 million for the reconstruction and widening of
I-75 in Lucas County
- $90 million for the reconstruction of I-75 and widening
of the bridge over the Maumee River
The entire draft list
can be found here.
The vote launches a
written public comment period. Comments, which will be accepted through January
15, 2018, may be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or mailed to the Ohio Department of Transportation, C/O Jim Gates, 1980 West
Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223.
Once the written public
comment period concludes, the TRAC will decide if additional public hearings
and or project evaluations are needed before proceeding with a vote in early
2018 to accept a final TRAC list. This is not the first time stakeholders have
had an opportunity to comment on a TRAC project. Last fall, the TRAC heard from
project advocates at a public hearing held Columbus.
TRAC received 13
applications for transportation projects requesting nearly $280M for
development or construction funding. This vote takes TRAC one step closer to
wrapping up a year-long process of receiving and reviewing applications for
major new transportation funding projects throughout the state.
The nine-member TRAC
was established by the Ohio Revised Code in 1997 and provides guidance for
developing a project selection process for ODOT’s largest investments of more
than $12 million. Since its creation, TRAC has approved investing $10.9 billion
into Ohio's roads and bridges.