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.