Representatives Ryan and Fudge Announce $5.7 Million for City of Akron

Aug 3, 2017 Issues: Economy

Akron, Ohio – Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13) and Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) announce $5,715,600 to the City of Akron to make critical improvements to Evans Avenue. This funding was made available through the Department of Transportation’s FASTLANE Grant program.

Evans Avenue currently carries approximately 4,000 vehicles per day and has two at-grade crossings with CSXT Railroad and the Akron Metro Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Metro RTA is refurbishing this rail line in order to accommodate 10 passenger rail transits daily in the corridor. The project will realign a short section of Evans Avenue and construct two bridges over existing CSXT and Metro RTA rail lines. This funding will go towards helping to remove a potentially dangerous crossing for drivers and encourage business development by removing transportation delays.

“As the City of Akron continues to work towards redeveloping its downtown, this project will be critical towards creating an inviting connection into and out of the city and will help grow new and existing businesses in our community. I was proud to work with my good friend and colleague, Representative Fudge, to help secure this important funding. These are the type of federal investments we must continue to support and fight for to help our local cities grow and flourish. I will continue to work every day to bring home the resources necessary to create a better and brighter future for Akron and Northeast Ohio,” said Rep. Ryan.

“This is great news for the 11th Congressional District and the City of Akron.  The FASTLANE Grant will help improve commuter rail, enhance regional commerce, and connect Northeast Ohioans through infrastructure updates and much-needed construction projects.  I congratulate Mayor Dan Horrigan for receiving these funds and thank the U.S. Department of Transportation for its continued commitment to improving transportation in our region,” said Rep. Fudge.

In March 2016, Ryan and Fudge urged former Secretary of Transportation Anthony R. Foxx to approve funding for Akron’s FASTLANE Grant.

Read Ryan’s letter here.

Read Fudge’s letter here.

 

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