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Development Commission
73 Progress Drive, Waverly, Ohio 45690
Phone: 740-947-2853 or 800-223-7491 in Ohio Fax: 740-947-3468
E-mail: email@ovrdc.org



Regional Transportation Planning

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 transportation planning.


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.

Program Activities

Comprehensive Regional Transportation Plan document delivery date (anticipated):

December, 2013 : Public Participation Plan

March, 2014 : Goals and Objectives Section

July, 2014 : Existing Conditions Section

November, 2014: Future Conditions Section

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 Newsletter.

For more information about RTPO planning process and activities, please contact Development Director, Kim Reynolds or Research/Planning Specialist, Vinny Wang.


Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO) Program Background

"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 experts.

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.

Visit  https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/ for more information about MAP-21.


Past Transportation Planning

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 Study, SR 32/US 50/ US 35 Corridor Study, and more.

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  and ADHS 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. Prices

·Projects & Resources

·Transportation Access

·Related Links


Other Resources

- OVRDC Transportation Opinion Survey

- Access Ohio 2040 : http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/SPR/StatewidePlanning/access.ohio/Pages/default.aspx