If there is a path out of the current recession, Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and others Tuesday said it would be along this kind of road.
“It takes a talented workforce to do it, yes,” said Husted. “But you can’t do it without infrastructure.”
Infrastructure has been a concern for nearly a decade as development gradually coalesced west of the airport, beginning with Procter and Gamble, and continuing with Spectrum Brands (in a facility now operated by Energizer), Chewy, Crocs, Purina and other big companies anchoring distribution centers a stone’s throw from Interstate 70.
Officials from Vandalia and Union have long had concerns about the increasing traffic in the area to and from those sites.
“I think our citizens up North here will be safer,” said Ohio Rep. Phil Plummer, R-Butler Twp.
Funding the project are an array of localities with total investment in the project from the Ohio Department of Transportation at $11.3 million, which includes $1.4 million already spent on engineering, environment and right-of-way work.
Other jurisdictions and agencies who have committed funding include $900,000 grant from the Ohio Public Works Commission, $700,000 from Montgomery County, $700,000 from the city of Union, $600,000 grant from JobsOhio, $500,000 from Dayton (paid through the Transportation Improvement District to the city of Vandalia in annual $25,000 increments to support road maintenance) and $200,000 from Vandalia
Vandalia will handle the road’s maintenance.
“These things don’t happen by accident,” said Steve Stanley, executive director of the Montgomery County Transportation Improvement District, adding that it’s “difficult it to make important things happen unless people work together.”
“Opportunities abound for the next 10 years,” declared Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.