Cincinnati, Ohio – Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI) Board President and Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune announced today the award of more than $53 million to be distributed to 25 transportation projects within southwest Ohio.

“Today, the 200 local governments in eight counties and three states that make up the OKI region proved once again that collaboration and cooperation best serves our mutual interests. By seamlessly connecting different modalities of transportation that are vital to the prosperity of our region, today’s awards will improve public, vehicular and pedestrian safety in the OKI region,” said Portune. “Our overall well-being, including jobs and incomes, depends on the efficient and varied means of transportation which these projects will help provide. The future vitality of our region becomes more secure with these projects and they take us one step closer toward realizing our goal of creating an efficient and seamlessly integrated regional multimodal transportation system.”

The funds were allocated through two federal programs: the Surface Transportation Program (STP) for Ohio and the Transportation Alternative program (TA) for Ohio.

The STP funding will be provided to 13 projects for roadway reconstruction, safety improvements, bus replacements, fiber optics and sidewalk construction including a project to improve the lighting, parking and provide a bus shelter in the Blue Ash business corridor. The TA program will benefit 12 Ohio projects. This funding will assist with a variety of bike, trail and pedestrian projects, and two Safe Routes to School projects in the Village of Mariemont.

“These projects form a comprehensive network that will improve the region’s economy and quality of life,” said OKI’s CEO Mark Policinski. “They attack important roadway problems, while also funding transportation options like bike and pedestrian paths. The environment, the economy and safety of our region will be advanced by these wise expenditures.”

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.

You can view the awarded STP and TA fund projects here.