The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) awarded $10.5 million for Transportation Alternatives Projects in communities all over Ohio.
The awards will be used to help communities advance projects for non-motorized transportation and recreational facilities, by creating bicycle and pedestrian paths, safe routes for non-drivers and the restoration of historic transportation facilities like Ohio’s covered bridges.
Transportation Alternative project must demonstrate a clear public benefit.
Some examples of selected projects:
- Pickaway County received $297,600 to construct a multi-use path that connects to school campus, college campus and YMCA.
- City of East Liverpool was awarded $799,185 to create a safe pedestrian oriented route connecting Kent State east campus to west campus and downtown businesses.
- Sandusky County Commissioners received $285,792 for the rehabilitation of the Mull Covered Bridge.
Local governmental entities, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, and natural resource or public land agencies are eligible to apply for funding.
What is TAP?
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) provides funds for projects that advance non-motorized transportation and recreational facilities, historic transportation preservation, and environmental aspects.
Eligible projects are outside the boundaries of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), unless the local is within a small MPO (population less than 200,000) that has joined the statewide program. Currently, the eligible MPO regions are the counties of Allen, Belmont, Licking, and Washington. Citizen groups or other private organizations may sponsor a project by coordinating with and making application through the local government having jurisdiction over the transportation facility involved.
This federal-aid reimbursement program provides up to 80% of eligible costs for construction only. Applicants must commit to a 20% cash match for construction, which must be currently available and readily accessible.