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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 4, 2004
Contact: Lori Irving, Telephone: (202) 366-0660
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Mineta Announces $6.9 Million for Ohio Highway, Bridge Projects

Investment Will Add I-75 Lanes in Dayton, Fund 14 Other Projects

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta today announced that newly released funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will help reduce congestion, enhance safety and improve traffic flow at key transportation projects around the state. The Bush administration is providing more than $6.9 million for construction of additional lanes on Interstate75 in Dayton; make safety improvements to the Akron-Canton airport/Interstate77 interchange and 13 other Ohio transportation projects.

"Investing in Ohio's highways is the best way to get people to their jobs, families to their homes and goods to market," Secretary Mineta said.

Several of the projects will ease congestion on some of the state's most heavily traveled roads. The Bush administration has slated $1.1 million for the additional I-75 lanes and almost $580,000 for the Interstate 77 interchange improvements.

Other projects include more than $927,000 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge in Toledo and almost $580,000 for the Vine Street Improvement Project in Cincinnati.

"The funding we're announcing today is an investment in the transportation infrastructure of Ohio and the region," said FHWA Administrator Mary Peters. "The President understands that these investments are important to our quality of life and to keep our economy moving."

The following table shows the programs and projects funded by these grants.

Borders and Corridors $2,116,606
I-675 Corridor Improvements 289,946
I-75/Austin Road Interchange 376,930
Kauffman Ave Roadway Improvement, Greene County 289,946
St. Clair Avenue in East Liverpool 289,946
U.S. Route 33 Corridor Improvements at Winchester-Cemetery 579,892
Winfield Way Extension, Canton 289,946
Bridge 927,826
Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge Aprons, Toledo 927,826
Interstate Maintenance 2,319,567
I-77/Lauby Road exit 579,892
Montgomery County, Ohio--Interstate 75 1,159,783
Northbound I-675 Sound Barrier 579,892
ITS 385,551
Computerization of traffic signals in Ashtabula 7,560
Intelligent Transportation Systems--Phases II and III 377,992
Public Lands 282,832
Ohio State Route 2/Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge 282,832
TCSP 869,838
Riverwalk Warren 289,946
Uptown Crossings Vine Street Improvement Project 579,892

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