ODOT Studies Seek Investment to Support Economic Development
ODOT is concurrently launching 14 studies to recommend transportation investments that will enhance economic development opportunities in the state. Four of the studies that will impact northwest Ohio are:
- Northwest Solar Energy/ Innovation Hub. Solar energy is one of nine industries identified in Ohio as having potential for growth and for job development. Designation as an innovation hub and development of the industry is being led by the University of Toledo with strong support from regional economic agencies and other institutions of higher learning. This study will look at how transportation improvements could impact the solar industry in northwest Ohio. TMACOG will be a resource for this study.
- NASA Plum Brook. This transportation planning study centers on the area of NASA Plum Brook Station in Sandusky. The study area boundaries are SR 2 to the north of Plum Brook, the Ohio Turnpike to the south, US 250 to the east, and SR 4 to the west.
- Northwest Regional Transportation Study. This study emphasizes freight movements at the Northwest Ohio Trans-Shipment Terminal in North Baltimore, at the Toledo-Lucas County Port, Toledo air cargo facilities, the Chicago and Detroit regions, and the transportation nexus between these economic development centers. TMACOG will be a resource and participant in developing the study recommendations and has made a financial commitment toward the study.
- Statewide Freight Plan. This study will research various multimodal improvements/enhancements needed on Ohio’s highways, rail networks, air cargo, and waterways, evaluating those that are of the greatest value to the support of freight movement within and through Ohio.