The Ohio Department of Transportation recently issued $16.9 million worth of grants to 10 municipalities in nine counties to help fund major roadway reconstruction or maintenance projects.
[Above photo by the Ohio DOT]
The funding comes from agency’s “Small City Program,” which is currently funded at $10.5 million annually and provides funding for road, safety, or signal projects on certain routes within municipalities with a population between 5,000 and 24,999.
Ohio DOT noted it will cover up to 95 percent of the eligible costs for construction and construction inspection only for such projects.
“These small-city projects are of big importance to the communities receiving these grants, and we are happy to help our local governments with the cost of these necessary roadway improvements,” said Governor Mike DeWine (R) in a statement.
Combined with the local funding match, the total construction value of these projects is $38.9 million, noted Ohio DOT Director Jack Marchbanks.
“The ‘Small City Program’ is a big boost to our local municipal partners who, like Ohio DOT, have a responsibility to keep their roads and bridges in good order,” he added.
The Ohio DOT noted that its ‘Small City Program’ accepts grant applications from eligible municipalities yearly between May 1 and June 15. The applications are reviewed by a committee with a background in funding and program management, environmental, engineering, and crash data and safety analysis for final approval.