CLEVELAND (Tuesday, February 5, 2019)
– Fix our Roads Ohio (FOR Ohio) is a coalition of stakeholders that have united to educate state leaders on the critical needs of Ohio’s transportation infrastructure, and to advocate for a dedicated funding solution that provides long-term, smart investment in Ohio’s transportation future. Grace Gallucci, Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) has issued the following statement:
“Northeast Ohio leads the state in having a truly multimodal transportation system, with roads, bikeways, walkways, buses, light rail, and heavy rail. The region’s economy depends on having a well-maintained, safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation network, and Northeast Ohioans deserve nothing less. Transportation and infrastructure are integral to retaining and growing jobs and population, and keeping our region strong.
The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency’s (NOACA’s) Long-Range Transportation Plan creates a vision for the region’s transportation future, with an emphasis on preserving existing assets, using new technology, and improving air quality and sustainability. As such, NOACA strongly recognizes the limitations our current funding sources present to maintaining and improving our transportation network into the future.
NOACA supports the non-partisan goals of the FOR Ohio coalition, and we look forward to working with Governor DeWine and the Ohio Legislature as they seek consensus to fund transportation needs in a fair and equitable way.”
NOACA has identified several regional priority projects in need of funding:
• Pavement Backlog, Region wide – $892 M
• Bridge Backlog, Region wide – $238 M
• Carter Road Lift Bridge over the Cuyahoga River, Cleveland – $40 M
• East 93rd Street/East 105th Street Corridor Multimodal Improvements, Cleveland – $40 M
• Irishtown Bend Cuyahoga River Shipping Chanel Bank Stabilization, Cleveland – $40 M
• Regional Multimodal Transportation Facility, Cleveland – $46 M
• Cleveland Innerbelt Corridor – TRAC Tier II and III, Cuyahoga County – $1.7 B
• GCRTA Rail Car Replacements, Cuyahoga County - $300 M
• Hilliard Road Bridge (CR69) over the Rocky River, Cuyahoga County – $39 M
• State Route 18 Corridor Improvements, Medina County – $25 M
Total needs = $3.4 Billion
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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound. NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio. To learn more about NOACA, visit www.noaca.org.