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%.
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.