Nearly 400 new proposed jobs revealed in roadwork application

The Montgomery County Transportation District is seeking more than $9 million in federal or state funds to improve roads leading to the concentration of logistics companies growing near Dayton International Airport.

The concept appears on the Dayton Development Coalition-guided annual wish list of projects that could be prioritized for local lobbying efforts.

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Improving the intersection of Airport Access Road and U.S. 40 would create more than 1,000 jobs short-term, according to the project application.

The application also publicly reveals for the first time that up to about 380 newly proposed jobs could be at stake in roadwork development. 

Improving “infrastructure along U.S. 40 and the interchange at the Airport Access Road and US 40 … will improve access to the industrial facilities that have recently located in this area by correcting design and safety deficiencies along U.S. 40 between Union Airpark Boulevard and Peters Pike and by improving the function of the intersection of Airport Access Road and U.S. 40,” a project description says.

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The entire value of the proposed project is put at more than $10.4 million.

Expected new jobs would come from companies such as Chewy Inc. (600 jobs), Purina (30 jobs) and plastic packaging maker Alpla (50 new jobs).

But possible new jobs would also come from two code-named projects signifying companies whose interest in the Dayton area has not yet been publicly revealed — “project Cayman,” which would create 130 new jobs, and “project Nora,” which is projected to create 200 to 250 new jobs, according to the application.

The Dayton Region Priority Development & Advocacy Committee (PDAC) will consider the applications, finalizing a list of needs and planning to approach policy-makers with one community voice.

The projects can be reviewed in detail online at

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