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Intermodal project will move goods, boost economy.

After twenty years of planning and community consultation, an ISTEA project in Toledo, Ohio, is now underway that will expand the regional economic base through the improvement of intermodal freight connections.

The Millard Avenue Project upgrades highway facilities in and around the Port of Toledo, removes conflicts between various modes of transportation, and provides a more efficient and expansive intermodal transportation system.

The $14.2 million project uses $10.7 million of ISTEA Surface Transportation Program funds and #3.5 million in local funds.

Millard Avenue Project

The Millard Avenue Project will enhance this important multimodal area of the region by providing improved truck access and reducing conflicts between trucks and trains in the port area. The project also will divert traffic from a nearby residential neighborhood and increase waterborne freight by providing a more fluid intermodal transportation system.

The project will construct a 1.3 mile four-lane road and two new bridges over a creek and existing CSX railroad tracks. New traffic signals will be installed to improve traffic flow in the area.

Two additional projects (the Front Street Project and the Cedar Point Road Project) will further improve intermodal connections and facilitate a seamless transportation system for the movement of goods and services. These projects are designed to improve access to the Port of Toledo and adjacent industrial areas in the cities of Toledo and Oregon. As a result of these actions, it is estimated that more than 3,000 acres will become available for new industrial development, with major pipelines, electrical generation, rail service, port docks, trunk water mains, and wastewater treatment in close proximity. With the opening of these new acres of industrial-zoned land, the projects could increase jobs in the area from 1,000 to over 4,000.

Transportation Benefits

The Millard Avenue Project will upgrade the regional transportation system and minimize conflicts between different modes of freight transportation. Before the project, the truck route from the Port of Toledo had nine contiguous street level railroad crossings. The project will provide an uninterrupted truck route on Millard Avenue for the delivery of goods and services for industry and commerce in the cities of Toledo and Oregon. The project will enhance interaction between truck, rail, and waterborne freight travel, and improve truck access to the Port of Toledo.

Economic Impacts

The Millard Avenue project is important for the future expansion and development of freight activity because it unclogs highly congested roads in the Port of Toledo area. James Hartung, President of the Toledo-Lucus Port Authority, says the project is one of the "essential connectors" in developing Toledo as a world transportation hub because "it will lead to new business and commercial expansion." Upgrading the transportation systems will not only help to retain the existing jobs and industries, but also will open up 3,000 additional acres of industrial land, with the potential to create more than 3,000 new jobs.

Community Benefits

Upgrading the transportation system will divert truck and automobile traffic from the Birmingham neighborhood, located next to the Port of Toledo. This will provide a safer and quieter environment for the residents of the community. The project will also improve access to port facilities, Maumee Bay State Park from I-280, and the Bay Shore Community.

Details: John Crandall, (419) 245-4521.

RELATED ARTICLE: Another ISTEA Success Story

ISTEA--the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act--will expire on September 30 unless the law is reauthorized by Congress this year. When Congress enacted this landmark legislation six years ago, it was the first major re-write of federal transportation policy in 35 years. ISTEA gives local governments a meaningful role in transportation planning, direct access to transportation funds to undertake projects that meet both national goals and local priorities, and gives mass transit and highway projects an equal shot at available funding. The short case study article on this page, and those that will appear in Nation's Cities Weekly in the coming weeks, show how ISTEA projects are helping America's cities and towns. Articles are reprinted with permission from the book, "Five Years of Progress: 110 Communities Where ISTEA Is Making A Difference," published by the Surface Transportation Policy Project. To order the book, contact STTP at (202) 939-3470 or e-mail them at sttp@transact.org.
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Title Annotation:Another ISTEA Success Story, part 3; excerpt from 'Five Years of Progress: 110 Communities Where ISTEA Is Making a Difference'; includes related article on Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Excerpt
Date:Feb 24, 1997
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