“Our economy depends on smart investments that make our transportation system safe and efficient,” said Governor DeWine. “The projects approved today will keep our economy moving forward.”
TRAC-funded projects focus on enhancing the capacity of Ohio's transportation system and making it more efficient. The program resumed this year after being paused in 2020 when traffic volumes across the state dipped significantly leading to a decline in revenue from the motor fuel tax. There were 36 new applications requesting $551 million submitted this year.
“As traffic volumes increase, we will continue to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us. Ohio’s economy is growing. Safe, accessible, and well-maintained transportation infrastructure is key to sustaining that economic growth and improving the quality of life for Ohioans," said ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks. "These latest TRAC projects are evidence of the DeWine-Husted Administration’s ongoing investment in our state.”
TRAC operates on an annual application cycle. At the completion of the application process TRAC members vote on the approval of the Major New Construction Program List of funding commitments for preliminary engineering, detailed design, right-of-way, and project construction. Projects receiving funding commitments are placed into three "tiers" based upon the level of project development:
- Tier I - The group of projects recommended for construction during the upcoming four-year construction period.
- Tier II - The group of projects recommended for additional environmental, design, or right-of-way development activities necessary before the projects would be available for construction.
- Tier III - The group of projects with previous phases funded for construction in Tier I. Projects placed in Tier III status are part of a long range funding plan to advance multiple phase projects.