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.
“The projects approved by the OKI Board today will produce an enhanced transportation infrastructure, by seamlessly connecting different modalities of transportation that are vital to the prosperity of our region. The funding will also improve public, vehicular and pedestrian safety in the OKI region,” said Portune. “Our health, jobs and incomes depend more and more on the efficient and varied means of transportation which these projects provide.”
The funds were allocated through two federal programs: the Surface Transportation Program for Northern Kentucky (SNK) and the Transportation Alternative program (TA) for both Kentucky and Ohio.
More than $17 million in STP funding was provided to 10 projects for roadway reconstruction, safety improvements and sidewalk construction in the OKI region. The TA program provided more than $1 million for five Ohio projects and more than $700,000 for five Kentucky projects. This funding will assist with a variety of bike and pedestrian projects.
“These projects are comprehensive and valuable for the region,” said OKI 1st Vice President and Kenton County Judge Executive Steve Arlinghaus. “For Kentucky, they not only address critical roadway needs, but also, important alternative transportation options that provide greater usage of bike and pedestrian paths. The projects benefit the environment and provide for greater safety of the thousands of residents.”
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.