Cincinnati, Ohio – Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) Board President and Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune announced today more than $18 million will be distributed to 21 transportation projects within southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky.
“Having a well-developed transportation infrastructure in the Tri-state area is vital to the prosperity of our region and the funding approved by the OKI Board of Directors is the most important step in developing that infrastructure,” said Portune. “Our health, jobs and incomes depend more and more on efficient and varied means of transportation, and that’s what these projects provide.”
The funds were allocated through two federal programs: the Surface Transportation Program for Northern Kentucky (SNK) and the Transportation Alternative (TA) for both Kentucky and Ohio.
More than $17 million in STP funding was provided to 10 projects for improvements to the region’s highway and transit systems. Through TA funds, more than $1 million was provided for projects throughout the Ohio area and more than $700,000 was awarded to projects in Kentucky. This funding will assist with a variety of regional roadway, transit and freight projects.
“OKI stresses the importance of improving the quality of life for our citizens,” said OKI Executive Director Mark Policinski. “Our goal is to keep moving projects forward to save citizens time and money on the roadways. Providing transportation options will boost commerce, relieve stress, and improve our environment.”
OKI is a council of local governments, business organizations and community groups committed to developing collaborative strategies, plans and programs to improve the quality of life and the economic development potential of the Tri-State.