City of Dublin Applauds Action and Urges Residents to Weigh In
(DUBLIN, Ohio USA)— The City of Dublin applauds today’s action by the state’s Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) to designate $51.5 million in funds to reconstruct the I-270/US 33 interchange.
Today’s TRAC vote gives preliminary approval for transportation projects throughout the state, and launches a public comment period before a final vote in September.
The announcement comes on the heels of Gov. John R. Kasich’s unveiling of a robust plan for improving Ohio’s transportation system that will allow the state to eliminate decades’ long delays on some 41 new construction projects. The Governor’s plan uses money from the Ohio Turnpike to help build many new projects in northern Ohio and will allow many other projects, including the I-270/US interchange, to proceed to construction much earlier than planned.
“We applaud TRAC’s action and Governor Kasich’s support of statewide infrastructure improvements, especially the I-270/US 33 interchange,” said Dublin City Manager Marsha Grigsby. “Increased traffic and outdated interchange design add up to crashes, delays and an estimated financial loss of $16 million. It’s important we act now to be ready for the 44,600 new jobs and $2.8 billion in investment predicted in this area within 20 years.”
Grigsby encouraged area residents, corporate citizens and other I-270/US 33 stakeholders to share support TRAC’s action, by August 16, one of several ways:
- On Facebook: www.facebook.com/dublinohio (use #dublinohio#moreprojectsfaster)
- On Twitter: www.twitter.com/dublinohio (use #dublinohio#moreprojectsfaster)
- Post a quote on the project website: http://27033interchange.org
TRAC’s action, along with $25 million from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission and Dublin’s $17.25 million commitment, will get construction underway on the $93.8 million interchange by late fall, 2014, years earlier than expected.
July, 2013 Quotes from 270-33 Stakeholders
“The Scotts Company appreciates Governor John Kasich’s leadership to enhance Ohio’s transportation infrastructure. We hope that TRAC will follow his lead and approve the list of projects before the Council this week to enhance Ohio’s economic development and improve roadway safety in Central Ohio.”
-Ann Aquillo, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, The Scotts Company
“The Governor has been very committed to infrastructure improvements for the future, and we consider the I-270/U.S. 33 corridor one that is vital to Honda’s regional operations, and one that will have a positive impact on safe travel and efficient transport of goods in the region.”
-Caroline Ramsey, Government Relations Manager, Honda of America Mfg., Inc.
“Cardinal Health appreciates the leadership and vision displayed by Governor Kasich with his recently announced plan for improving Ohio’s transportation system. Keeping our highways in top condition is important to the jobs and businesses of many industries across our state, and Cardinal Health urges the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) to approve the governor’s proposed projects accordingly.”
– Shelley Bird, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Cardinal Health
Sandra Puskarcik, ABC
Director of Community Relations
City of Dublin
(614) 410-4501 (office)
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