The Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) is a nine-member Council chaired by ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks.
The TRAC is tasked with evaluating funding applications that result in ODOT’s largest transportation project investments. ODOT transportation professionals have developed a funding application evaluation analysis to assist in the TRAC’s decision making.
Part of the application evaluation includes input from metropolitan planning organizations like MORPC. Therefore, each TRAC funding cycle, MORPC conducts its own evaluation of the Central Ohio TRAC applications that fall within our transportation planning boundaries and prioritizes the applications based on the region’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan goals and objectives. MORPC then provides the region’s TRAC project priorities to ODOT, which are considered during the project funding selection process.
2021 TRAC Projects
MORPC is currently evaluating projects and seeking public comments on our prioritization process.
Nine projects from our transportation-planning area were submitted to TRAC during the 2021 application period, which was held from March 1-26, 2021. Known as “major new” projects, these transportation projects have a total project cost greater than $12 million and add capacity to the transportation system. The proposed projects are located in Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, and Licking counties.
To learn more about the TRAC project applications in our area, view the following one-page fact sheets:
- Alum Creek Drive Widening (Rickenbacker Area)
- Broad Street Widening in Pataskala
- Far East Freeway Phases 2 and 3
- Far East I-70 Interchange Improvements at Taylor Road & SR-256
- Hard Shoulder Running I-71 Study
- I-71 & Big Walnut Interchange
- I-270 and US-23 Interchange
- US-23 Corridor Study
- US-33 at Pickerington Road and Allen Road
The public is encouraged to provide comments or any additional information to help set MORPC’s priorities, including advantages and/or disadvantages of projects. All comments must be submitted by e-mail to email@example.com or in writing to Dina López, Re: TRAC Public Input, MORPC, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43215. The deadline to submit feedback is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
The nine TRAC funding requests made in Central Ohio total $96 million. TRAC received 35 applications from across the state for development or construction of transportation projects. The final project list will be approved in August 2021.