MORPC Statement in Support of Fix Our Roads Ohio

January 15, 2019

Following the recent announcement of the Fix Our Roads Ohio (FOR Ohio) coalition to educate state leaders on the critical needs of Ohio’s transportation infrastructure and advocate for a dedicated, long-term funding solution, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) Executive Director William Murdock issued the following statement:

“Leaders at all levels of local government across both parties agree something must be done to adequately fund transportation and infrastructure of all types – from roads and new technology to trails and mass transit and more.

“Central Ohio is the fastest-growing region in the state, and we expect to reach three million people by 2050. As the region grows, our need for infrastructure does, too. If there’s not sufficient funding to take care of the basics, how will we invest in more transformative projects and compete for businesses?

“MORPC brought together Central Ohio community leaders over the summer to discuss funding mechanisms to measurably improve our transportation network in the region and state, and now we are proud to continue the conversation by supporting and partnering with the FOR Ohio coalition.

“By working together, we hope to encourage Governor DeWine and members of the Ohio General Assembly to act on maintaining our existing infrastructure, investing in new technology, and positioning Ohio for economic development.”

Currently, MORPC has about $25.8 million in federal funding available, but $180 million in requests around Central Ohio that cannot be funded. It also has $29 million in public-works dollars for Franklin County to address $50 million in requests.

More information on the Fix Our Roads Ohio coalition, including its case statement, is available at fixourroadsohio.com.

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