Matt Dolan Highlights Targeted Infrastructure Funding Benefits for Ohio

Chagrin Falls, Ohio: This morning, Matt Dolan released the following statement highlighting the fact that the targeted infrastructure bill negotiated by Sen. Rob Portman is already working to bring tangible economic investment and enhanced transportation assets to communities throughout Ohio.

“From Lake Erie to the Brent Spence Bridge, over the last six weeks Ohio has seen increased investments that will bring long overdue upgrades to our airports, bridges, lock systems, surface road projects, and broadband. This funding, made available through the targeted infrastructure bill negotiated by Senator Portman, is now working to bring jobs to our state, enhance economic growth, boost regional competitiveness, and improve public safety for every Ohioan. Those who continue to oppose this legislation are woefully out of touch with the needs of our state’s business community and cannot be trusted to deliver results for Ohioans in the U.S. Senate,” Matt Dolan said.

Matt Dolan is the only candidate in the Republican Primary for U.S. Senate who supported the targeted infrastructure bill negotiated by Senator Rob Portman. This earned Dolan wide praise as an issue focused leader committed to putting the needs of Ohio first.

Investments from the Targeted Infrastructure Bill Already Making Their Way to Ohio

December 15: Nearly 100 airports across the state of Ohio will receive nearly $254 million in federal funding due to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

January 20: $100 million in bridge formula funding coming to Ohio through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. It will allow state agencies and county engineers to address maintenance priorities on Ohio projects, such as the Brent Spence Bridge, they couldn’t fund in the past.

January 21: The Army Corps of Engineer’s fiscal year (FY) 2022 spend plan, allocated $742 million provided through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for the Soo Locks and Brandon Road Lock and Dam projects. Soo Locks, located on the St. Mary’s River, allow ships to travel between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes.

January 25: Federal Highway Administration announced that Ohio will receive $18.5 million for fiscal to finish the Appalachian Development Highway System. These funds were provided through the Finish the Appalachian Development Highway System Act, which was included as part of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

January 28: The Department of Transportation announced that the RAISE discretionary grant program is now accepting applications for surface transportation projects of local and regional significance from states like Ohio.  Thanks to the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, funding levels have been increased to $1.5 billion.