$16M road grant to aid shipping

The Columbus Dispatch

WASHINGTON — A key highway project in central Ohio has received a $16 million federal grant, Sen. Sherrod Brown announced yesterday.

The East-West Connector in Pickaway County — which will improve the roads around Rickenbacker Airport and the adjacent shipping and warehousing hub and link it to Rt. 23 — has received a coveted TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The project is intended to relieve truck congestion south of Columbus. The federal government has previously announced such grants for a streetcar project in Cincinnati and a light-rail station in Cleveland.

The TIGER program, also known as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, is designed to pay for infrastructure projects that create jobs.

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