RAISE Grant Could Help Provide Transportation to Downtown Marietta | News, Sports, Jobs
A new multimodal transportation corridor plan in Marietta has received more than $1 million in funding as part of $52.9 million awarded to four Ohio infrastructure projects by the United States Department of Transportation. United.
The funds will be used primarily for the planning of the new corridor, including its preliminary design and engineering. The goal is to connect Marietta College and Harmar Village to downtown Marietta, with the goal of making travel safer and more accessible.
According to a USDOT press release, the corridor will include improved circulation facilities for cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians as well as accommodations for people with disabilities.
The funding was provided through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Discretionary Transportation Grant Program, which was approved last year through the Investment and Jobs in the United States Act. infrastructure, which US Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, helped create and push through. .
Jesse Roush of the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority in Marietta said the funding will allow for more in-depth design and engineering projects, as well as the development of long-term security plans.
Chantal Centofanti-Fields, grants and foundation manager for Marietta College, recalls many conversations she had with college president Bill Ruud about one of her goals.
“His vision of what our campus needs and what would positively impact the community as a whole is an intermodal transportation hub,” she says.
“Multimodal means multiple uses”, said Centofanti-Fields. “The structure on the Marietta College campus would be accessible to buses, cars, bicycles, and potentially have lockers and bathrooms and meeting space that can be used by the public. Because we are Marietta College, we will want our campus structure to be as green as possible, so the top of the building will have parking, but it will also have a shade structure that will have solar panels mounted on it. This would power the building and also power the charging stations (for electric vehicles). »
According to MC’s press release, the Marietta structure will be located at the corner of Fourth and Butler streets, where parking currently exists. The downtown structure will be located on Second Street, where the Parking Partners parking lot is currently located.
Dr. Erika Smith, director of alumni relations and engagement at Marietta College, was also part of the grant team.
“With the Phase I grant, the feasibility study and other substantive work will be 100% funded,” said Smith. “The goal is that once we’ve done the necessary work, we can then apply for an implementation grant, which could be $25 million.”
Washington County Commissioner Charlie Schilling said the project aims to unite county residents while providing better access to safe transportation.
“There are a lot of communities in Washington County, and our goal is to connect them all.”