Norwalk to apply for small city grant

ODOT is providing $16 million in funding to local communities for transportation improvements throughout Ohio.
Scott Seitz2
Feb 18, 2014


The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is providing $16 million in funding to local communities for transportation improvements throughout Ohio.

ODOT is spending the next few months working with local communities to address funding needs for two specialized transportation programs: a small city program, and a local bridge replacement program.

About $8 million will go to smaller municipalities as part of the Small City Program, which provides federal funds to cities with populations from 5,000 to 24,999. This money can be used for any roadway or safety projects.

The Municipal Bridge Program will award $8 million for structurally deficient bridges carrying vehicular traffic.

Norwalk city council passed a resolution Tuesday authorizing the mayor to submit an application to ODOT for a small city grant.

The city applied for a $2.1 million grant. The city's match would be $700,000.

If awarded, the city would use the funds for curb, roadway, sidewalk and waterline improvements on Milan Avenue from League Street to Main Street.

This work would not take place until 2016 or 2017.

"This is a great opportunity for the Department of Transportation to reach communities on a local level, and help fund priority projects that might otherwise not be thought possible. I strongly advise every community that has a need to apply and we will work to help as many as possible." said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.

Local governmental entities, Regional Transportation Authorities, Transit Agencies, and Natural Resource or Public Land Agencies are eligible to apply for funding.


JMOP's picture

I'm not sure what I'm more frightened about:
The Feds/state giving our money away like its nothing, or a city hoping to get the grant for small projects that could be taken away from another city that NEEDS to replace a worn out bridge.

ODOT decides what is priority, which it encourages every community to apply.

Kobayashi Maru

I'm hoping the "new" roads finished last fall came with a warranty. They look awful already after this devastating winter!


With a declining tax base due to job losses, too many with only PT jobs and more on fixed incomes, "free" money grants are one of the few ways that the city can get additional revenue.

Whiskey Tango F...

I hope the quotes around free are representing the "me" and "we" that are still dumb enough to work for a living and pay taxes into this ridiculous Rube Goldberg government machine.



There ain't no such thing as a free lunch, TANSTAAFL.

My favorite quote of the week:

"If it’s free, people will just come every day.” - Randy Runyon