WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will receive new federal resources to improve nearby roads in Northwest Ohio. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Highway Administration has awarded $133,600 to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge to improve safety conditions on county roads that surround the area. Funds are disbursed through the Public Lands Highway Discretionary Program.
“The Ottawa NWR highlights Ohio’s beautiful landscape and preserved natural resources,” Brown said. “These resources will help the refuge continue to improve safety conditions on surrounding area roads, and bring in visitors to stimulate the local economy.”
The Public Lands Highway Discretionary Program provides funding for transportation planning and construction of roads that provide access to Indian reservations and Federal public lands. Over 130,000 visitors come to the Ottawa NWR each year and contribute to the local economy. As visitation increases to the refuge and surrounding areas, roads around the refuge deteriorate. Funds will help to repair roads and improve safety for visitors in the area.