MORPC Proposes Over $21 Million for New Transportation Projects

    December 18, 2018

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) announces the availability of a proposed list of new transportation projects to receive over $21 million in federal funds from State Fiscal Years 2020 to 2025.  MORPC is seeking public comment on the proposed projects through January 18, 2019.

    “MORPC received nearly $200 million in requests for funding of new transportation projects from across the region. The Attributable Funding Committee worked collaboratively to identify the projects with the greatest regional impact for these limited resources.”
    MORPC Director of Transportation Systems and Funding Thea Walsh

    The following eight projects are proposed for a new funding commitment:

    • Columbus Traffic Signal System – Phase F, Signalization – $11,099,700
    • SR-161 at Maple Canyon and Parkville/Spring Run, Intersection Modification – $894,250
    • Concrete Bus Pad Upgrades, Maintenance Activity – $901,410
    • Traffic Signal Infrastructure Replacement, Maintenance Activity – $567,650
    • Fishinger Road from Riverside Dr to 400′ W of Mountview Blvd, Reconstruction – $3,036,528
    • Olentangy Trail from Clinton Como to Northmoor, Multi-Use Path and Bridges – $3,458,321
    • First/Last Mile Service, Transit Activity – $946,400
    • Pre-Project Development for Two Corridors, Transit Activity – $960,000

    Three existing projects are proposed for a significantly increased funding commitment:

    • Grandview Heights Signals Interconnect, Signalization – new total proposed – $1,341,493
    • Whitehall Signals Interconnect, Signalization – new total proposed – $3,121,388
    • Agler Road at Alum Creek, Bridge Replacement – new total proposed – $3,436,160

    Every two years, MORPC solicits projects to receive federal transportation funding in the MORPC transportation planning area – Franklin and Delaware counties, Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County, New Albany, Pataskala and Etna Township in Licking County, and Jerome Township in Union County. Examples of the types of transportation improvements eligible for funding include highways, public transit, bikeways, pedestrian facilities, bridges and traffic signal upgrades.

    In addition to the 11 projects above, MORPC’s Attributable Funding Committee is proposing to recommend continued funding for 30 projects and programs to which MORPC had previously committed funds. A total of over $190 million in future funding commitments is being proposed. To see the draft list of all projects recommended for funding visit www.morpc.org/funding.

    MORPC will consider final approval of the funding commitments on March 14, 2019, and subsequently they will be incorporated into the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The adopted funding commitments for SFYs prior to 2021 will be incorporated into the SFY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) by amendment. Funding commitments in SFYs 2021 through 2024 will be included in MORPC’s SFY 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), which will be adopted in the spring of 2020. The TIP is a financially balanced listing of federal, state and locally funded projects that are scheduled for some phase of implementation or development in a four-year time period.

    Copies of the draft listing are available by calling MORPC at (614) 228-2663 or can be viewed online at www.morpc.org/funding. If you have any questions about proposed projects, please submit comments in writing to Thea Walsh, Director of Transportation Systems and Funding, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio, 43215 by 5 p.m. by January 18, 2019, or submit via email at tip@morpc.org.

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