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
Nine projects from our transportation-planning area were submitted to TRAC during the 2021 application period. 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.
MORPC recently evaluated projects as part of its prioritization process. A public comment period was held during the month of April, and a resolution with MORPC’s prioritization of the projects within our planning area was adopted in May 2021 by the Community Advisory Committee, Transportation Advisory Committee, and Transportation Policy Committee.
The prioritization from MORPC will be submitted to TRAC. The projects were ranked in the following way:
- Far East Freeway Phases 2 and 3
- Hard Shoulder Running I-71 Study
- US-23 Corridor Study
- Far East I-70 Interchange Improvements at Taylor Road & SR-256
- Alum Creek Drive Widening (Rickenbacker Area)
- I-270 and US-23 Interchange
- US-33 at Pickerington Road and Allen Road
- Broad Street Widening in Pataskala
- I-71 & Big Walnut Interchange
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.