Columbus - 
State Senator Gayle Manning (R- North Ridgeville) and State Representative Terry Boose (R- Norwalk) announced today that the Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) has approved more than $16 million in funding for the construction of a railroad underpass on State Route 58 in the Village of Wellington. TRAC is an independent council that assists the Ohio Department of Transportation in selecting funding for its largest transportation projects. "This underpass project is critical to the Village of Wellington for both public safety and economic reasons, as the resulting traffic backups hamper the flow of residents and visitors and cause unneeded delays for safety forces," Manning said. "This project has been several years in the making, and I applaud the efforts of state and local officials and other advocates in moving construction forward." The CSX rail line that runs through the Village of Wellington essentially cuts the village in half. Roughly 70 trains pass through the area each day, causing traffic backups that delay local law enforcement and emergency personnel responding to accidents or other emergencies. Construction of an underpass on State Route 58 will allow police and fire vehicles to avoid waiting for a passing train, improving response times and public safety, and make driving on the road more efficient for all drivers in the area. "I am thankful for the decisive action by the TRAC committee," Boose said. "Director Wray's administration at ODOT needs to be applauded for helping the officials in the Wellington area cut through the bureaucracy to finally get this project moving." Roughly $2 million has already been spent on engineering and property acquisition in relation to the project. Wellington's share of the underpass project will be $2 million, which the village will split with CSX Railroad. In all, TRAC approved $70 million for transportation-related projects throughout Ohio.
For more information, please contact Aleah Page in Senator Manning's office at (614) 644-7613 or Nick Brusky in Representative Boose's office at (614) 466-9628.
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