OVRDC recently received a federal transportation grant for $240,000
to participate in ODOT's Regional Transportation Planning Organization
(RTPO) two-year pilot program. The total cost of the program is $300,000
with ODOT and OVRDC each contributing 10%.
ODOT initiated the RTPO Program to enhance project prioritization and
improve the overall statewide planning process by strengthening its
pre-existing partnerships with rural planning agencies. To accomplish
this goal, ODOT is recognizing OVRDC and four other multi-county rural
planning agencies in Ohio as RTPOs. ODOT will work with the RTPOs and
Ohio's Metropolitan Planning Organizations to develop transportation
plans for the RTPO regions and establish transportation planning
expertise among the staff of the RTPO agencies.
Two documents will be produced by OVRDC during the RTPO Program
including a public participation plan (PPP) and a comprehensive
transportation plan. In addition to these deliverables, OVRDC will
engage in several activities during the RTPO Program. Activities will
include consultation with government entities and transportation
professionals, public participation and outreach in accordance with the
developed PPP, mentoring activities with the Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana
Council Governments, and general activities to increase the knowledge of
In addition, OVRDC works
under Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to assist communities in
applying for grants under Access Road Program.
These funds are from the Federal Highway Trust
Fund and are targeted to better link the Region's businesses,
communities, and residents to the
Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) and to other
key parts of the Region's transportation network.
Transportation Plan document delivery date (anticipated):
December, 2013 : Public
March, 2014 : Goals and Objectives
July, 2014 : Existing Conditions
November, 2014: Future Conditions
February, 2015 : Needs Analysis
Section and Plan Recommendations Section
April, 2015 : Fiscal Analysis
Section and Public Participation Section
June 2015 : Comprehensive
Public Participation Meetings dates will be announced through OVRDC
For more information about RTPO planning process and activities, please
contact Development Director, Kara
Willis or Research/Planning Specialist,
Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) Program
"On July 6, 2012, President Obama signed into law
P.L. 112-141, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act
(MAP-21). MAP-21 provides needed funds and represents a milestone for
the U.S. economy:
The first multi-year transportation authorization enacted since 2005
Funds surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal
years (FY) 2013 and 2014
Transforms the framework for investments to guide the growth and
development of the country’s vital transportation infrastructure."
(United States department of Transportation, 2013)"
As MAP-21 passed, it suggested framework for implementing rural
regional transportation plans. Under this need to develop rural
transportation system in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Transportation
(ODOT) names five Rural Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) as
participant agencies in the pilot program aiming to develop rural
transportation expertise and implement comprehensive transportation
plans to improve the overall transportation system in rural Ohio. OVRDC
was chosen by the ODOT because of the existing committee
structure, grant management experience, engagement in planning
processes, database management, and economic and community development
The RTPO program is expected to benefit rural regions by expanding
regional transportation planning coverage area, strengthening existing
partnerships, establishing framework for future data collection and
project selection efforts, and linking transportation planning with
existing economic development programs in short-term, as well as
building a robust a statewide databases in long-term.
for more information about MAP-21.
OVRDC began the process of major highway corridor transportation
planning in 1998. The agency
has participated in the U.S. 23 Corridor Study, the Portsmouth Bypass
SR 32/US 50/ US 35 Corridor Study,
OVRDC participates in various Transportation Route Committees; such as
US 23 Committee, SR 32/US 50 Committee, etc.
Learn more about:
Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS)
Link to view ADHS:
ADHS Online GIS
Transportation planning isn’t just about roads, it’s about life,
communities, and our future.
Various corridor maps, plans and data are available upon request.
·Projects & Resources
- OVRDC Transportation Opinion Survey
- Access Ohio 2040 :