Montgomery County is pleased to announce that the construction phase of a $12.6 million project to expand U.S. Route 40 to a five-lane highway has been approved with $8 million in funding from the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC). Established by Ohio Revised Code in 1997, the nine-member TRAC assists in the selection and approval process for major projects and investments by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
“After more than a year of working on this project, I’m thrilled to see the expansion of U.S. Route 40 funded and moving forward. Expanding this highway will support business and economic development projects in our region, as well as create more job opportunities for our citizens,” said Debbie Lieberman, Montgomery County Commission President. “I am so grateful to our local partners who have helped provide funding and support for this project”
Partners who have helped secure funding and support for this project include: the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Union, City of Dayton, City of Vandalia, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, Transportation Improvement District, Dayton Development Coalition, and Ohio Public Works Commission.
Montgomery County has led the financing for this project, with plans to secure $2.7 million in local matching funds from ODOT’s State Infrastructure Bank, which provides low interest loans for local governments to invest in infrastructure. The total TRAC investment in the project from ODOT will be $9.4 million, which includes $1.4 million already spent on engineering, environmental, and right-of-way work.
“ODOT’s mission is to provide safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods throughout our state. This investment is not only an investment into steel, concrete, and asphalt, but an investment in hundreds of vital jobs for the area,” ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks said.
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