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Regional road and bikeway projects get $20.7 million in federal funding

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission has awarded $20 million in Federal Transportation Funds for 30 roadway, traffic signal, bikeway and planning projects around the region.

The projects — in Montgomery, Greene and Miami and the jurisdictions of Carlisle, Franklin and Springboro in northern Warren County — have a combined $46.8 million price tag, which includes local matches.

“Nearly $50 million in construction dollars are being put into the economy locally, with all the improvements that go along with them,” Paul Arnold, MVRPC’s senior planner of short range projects, said. “This year, there is a good distribution of different mode projects, resurfacing of roadways and bike paths, along with new construction.”

The funding comes from two different federal pots. The region received $12.5 million in surface transportation funds to be spent on 17 projects. Just over $8.1 million was awarded in air quality and traffic mitigation funds for projects including work on 5 bike paths. All projects will be implemented between 2014-2018, Arnold said.

The most costly surface transportation project is the nearly $14.7 million replacement of the 81-year-old Keowee Street Bridge over the Great Miami River in Dayton. This Montgomery County Engineer’s project got $3 million in funding.

Improvements to East Stroop Road in Kettering from Shroyer Road to East Dorothy Lane received just over $2.1 million in federal funds toward the $3 million project. Traffic on E. Stroop Road averages about 20,000 vehicles a day, Steve Bergstresser, Kettering’s city engineer said.

“We usually try to get 12 to 15 years life out of pavement, we’re on schedule for that,” said Bergstresser, adding the project should be done in 2015 or 2016.”

In addition to the asphalt improvements, the project includes installation of a 10-foot multi-use concrete sidewalk along Stroop Road from Wilmington Pike to Glengarry Drive. The sidewalk will connect to other regional bike paths that will in the future provide access to Indian Ripple Park, Kettering Middle School, Meijers and The Greene Towne Center.

In the city of Beavercreek, the $980, 400 North Fairfield Road Project was awarded $670,800. The roadway between North Fairfield Road from Beaver Vu Drive to Pebble Creek Drive will be resurfaced. Curb ramps also will be upgraded to bring them into compliance with Americans with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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