2018 Unfunded Transportation Report
In southeast Ohio, transportation needs are grossly underfunded which further sets rural Appalachian Ohioans apart from the rest of the state when it comes to economic vitality, community development, healthcare, and quality of life for our residents.
In 2018 alone, unfunded transportation needs exceeded $191 million in the eight-county region of Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry, and Washington counties.
The lack of transportation funding in southeast Ohio not only inhibits the much-needed maintenance of current transportation infrastructure, but also the ability to support future innovation in both transit and transportation that would uniquely meet the needs of rural communities.
Without a fix to the shortfall in the state budget, current maintenance and improvement needs remain unfunded and the region will be left behind as transportation innovation grows in more affluent areas.
According to the submission of transportation requests to the Regional Transportation Planning Organization for the eight-county Buckeye Hills region of southeast Ohio, a total of 57 transportation projects went unfunded.
Of these 50 unfunded transportation projects, nine were identified as Major Construction, 21 were identified as Safety, and 27 were for identified as Maintenance/Preservation.
According to the submission of transportation requests to the Regional Transportation Planning Organization for the eight-county Buckeye Hills region of southeast Ohio, over $191,036,966 is needed to fund the submitted transportation projects in the region.
Of these unfunded transportation projects, $4.3 million was identified for Major Construction, $58.5 million was identified for Maintenance/Preservation, and $128.2 million was identified for Safety.