OKI Awards More Than $31 Million for Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Projects

Cincinnati, Ohio – Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) Board President and Butler County Commissioner T.C. Rogers announced today the award of more than $31 million to be distributed to 13 transportation projects in Ohio.

“Once again, through consensus, the board of OKI has delivered a $31 million infrastructure package that will advance not only Ohio, but the eight-county region,” said Rogers. “Today’s awards make possible needed efficiency improvements in our transportation network, while also lessening our environmental impact and enhancing quality of life.”

The funds were allocated through the Ohio apportionment of the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program. CMAQ funds support projects that help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act by reducing congestion and improving air quality.

The CMAQ funding will assist bike and pedestrian projects, including Great Parks of Hamilton County’s Beechmont Avenue extension of the Little Miami Scenic Trail. Also awarded was the City of Cincinnati’s Uptown SMART Center, a multi-modal facility that features high-tech amenities. Other funded projects optimize traffic signals and incorporate roundabouts to ease congestion.

“OKI understands that a multi-modal transportation network is key to a vibrant region,” says OKI’s CEO Mark Policinski. “Nearly all of these projects boast a bike and pedestrian component, and four of the projects are multi-use trails. As is again clear in this round of CMAQ funding, OKI will continue investing in our communities’ multi-modal and active transportation projects to improve access, sustainability and economic opportunity across our region.”

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 economic development potential of the Tri-State.

Awarded Projects


Aicholtz Road Roundabouts

Roundabouts at Eastgate Square Drive, Glen Este-Withamsville Rd (west) and Glen Este-Withamsville Rd (east). Includes new sidewalks.

Project Applicant: Clermont County TID

Amount Funded: $5,000,000



Countryside YMCA Trail Extension and Realignment

Construct a paved multi-use path from the existing path at the intersection of Deerfield and East St. to existing trail at the YMCA. Extend path south to Turtlecreek Union Road and over Byp 48 to Bike Park.

Project Applicant: City of Lebanon

Amount Funded: $927,755


Little Miami Scenic Trail-Beechmont Connector

Construct 12’ wide multi-use trail from the existing trail termini north of Beechmont Avenue, crossing Little Miami River via new bridge utilizing existing bridge foundations.

Project Applicant: Hamilton County Great Parks

Amount Funded: $4,320,000


Montgomery Road Corridor Improvements

Upgrade signals at Highland Avenue, Sampson Lane and Elwynne Drive. Retrofit signal at Plainfield. Access Management improvements. Sidewalks updated to become ADA compliant.

Project Applicant: Village of Silverton

Amount Funded: $2,374,845


Oxford Area Trail 3

Segment D, Chestnut Connector, Segment B east and High School Connector.

Project Applicant: City of Oxford

Amount Funded: $1,500,000


SR 132 and US 50 intersections

Add turn lanes and upgrade signals with interconnection at the two intersections of US50 and SR132. Sidewalks updated to become ADA compliant.

Project Applicant: Village of Owensville

Amount Funded: $1,572,123


Thorton Ave Improvements

Dedicated crossing for pedestrian and bicycle movement across River Road and the railroads where none exists today.

Project Applicant: City of Cincinnati

Amount Funded: $923,460


Signal System

Upgrade traffic signal system with new equipment and software.

Project Applicant: City of Mt. Healthy

Amount Funded: $923,287


Uptown SMART Center

Multi-modal transportation facility with Metro fixed route bus hub with amenities.

Project Applicant: City of Cincinnati

Amount Funded: $6,600,000


US 42 Roundabouts

Convert two existing stop-controlled “T” intersections (US42 @ Bethany and US42 @ Mason-Morrow-Millgrove Rd) to roundabouts.  Construct a multi-use path.

Project Applicant: City of Mason

Amount Funded: $2,751,535