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.
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.
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