Portman Announces Transportation Department Grant of $18 Million to Extend US-30 in Stark County
BUILD Grant Funding Will Help Region Extend Expressway, Boost Opportunities for Job Creations & Economic Growth
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will award the Regional Transportation Improvement Project (RTIP) $18 million in funding as part of the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) competitive grant program. This funding will help RTIP, a public agency serving Carroll, Columbiana, and Stark counties, construct a three-mile extension of the existing two-lane US-30 expressway through East Canton. Portman released the following statement applauding the announcement:
“This is great news for Carroll, Columbiana, and Stark counties and I want to thank Secretary Chao for her support and Stark County Commissioner Richard Regula for his tireless efforts to bring these improvements to the region’s infrastructure. This grant will help complete the important expansion work that the city is undertaking and boost opportunities for economic growth and job creation,” said Portman. “Opening access to the trucking industry on Route 30 is critical for the safety conditions and growing energy industry in the Marcellus and Utica shale region in Northeast Ohio.”
“Thank you Secretary Chao, Senator Portman, Congressman Gonzalez, and the entire Ohio delegation for supporting Stark County’s application for the BUILD Grant. This $18 million will ensure that we can make the improvements to the US-30 expressway that are needed to continue to attract jobs and economic opportunities to the region,” said Stark County Commissioner Richard Regula.
NOTE: Senator Portman wrote a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in support of the city of Canton’s bid on October 10, 2019. County officials also met with the office and Transportation officials to advocate for the importance of the project. The project was prioritized in Ohio’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan and recently received $2 million from the Transportation Review Advisory Committee.