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Local Road Access Program

Portsmouth Bypass

Portsmouth Bypass


The ODOT Local Access Road program provides fundiong for local access road improvements within Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties as identified by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). To be eligible, a project applicant/sponsor must demonstrate the proposed project assists in creating or retaining jobs by improving access to industrial and business parks, education centers and recreation areas.


$1 million annual funding is provided through the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBGP).


Eligible project activities include preliminary engineering, design, right-of-way and construction. Funding is available for initial project development and construction and reconstruction/rehabilitation of an existing roadway if initial construction did not involve funding from the ARC. Federal participation ranges from 80% to 100%.

Selection Process

Projects are selected by the Governor’s Office of Appalachia (GOA) within the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) in conjunction with Local Development Districts (LDAs) - Buckeye Hills–Hocking Valley Regional Development District (BHHVRDD), Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA), Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission (OVRDC) and Eastgate Regional Council of Governments (Eastgate) – depending on project location. Projects selected by the GOA must be approved by the ARC before funding can be made available.