Mayor Mark Mallory planning to lobby in D.C. for 'Top Ten' Cincinnati projects.
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Mayor and City Manager have identified the top ten projects they would like to
see the Federal Government pitch in on.
go to D.C. to get a portion of our tax dollars back for local projects that we
have prioritized that are important for the city," Mayor Mark Mallory said.
"There is a pie, it is going to be sliced and it's going to be distributed. I
want to get a piece of it for Cincinnati."
lobbying report states both city officials met with White House staff and
members of the U.S. House and Senate earlier in the month to formally present
their 2013 Federal Agenda.
Ferguson Group LLC, a company retained by the city to help lobby its federal
interests, set up the meetings.
The top 10 projects referenced and requested
FY2014 federal funding requests are as follows:
authorization from $30 Million to $80 Million for construction of Central
Riverfront Park, expand project scope to include bank stabilization
improvements to segments of the Ohio River bank east of the Roebling Suspension
Bridge, and credit locally funded planning, design and construction activities
presently underway or pending.
STREET NETWORK/BRENT SPENCE BRIDGE - $30 Million
preliminary engineering, design and construction for a number of City projects
within the I-75 Corridor. allowing for direct coordination with the design and
construction of ODOT improvements on the I-75 mainline, interchanges, and
I-71 CORRIDOR ACCESS
IMPROVEMENTS - $60 Million
right of way acquisition and construction modifications to the highway,
interchanges, arterial network, and current and future transit systems between
the Ohio River and the Dana Avenue Interchange to provide improved access to
Uptown and other Cincinnati neighborhoods adjacent to I-71.
PHASE 2 - $800,000
and planning for Uptown
phase of the Cincinnati streetcar route, complying with the National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process.
OHIO RIVER TRAIL -
$4.5 Million (Design and Construction)
Fund design and
construction of the remaining 3 mile segment of the eastern arm of the Ohio
River Trail that will extend from the CBD to the eastern City limit, and will
fund study, design, and early construction phases of the 11-mile western end of
River Trail that will run from the CBD to Sayler Park.
FORT WASHINGTON WAY
DECKS – $5.8 Million
engineering work for decks over Fort Washington Way, including ventilation
design, preparation of documents for regulatory review and approval,
development of a construction plan that minimizes impacts to the freeway
operation, development of a funding plan/matrix and amendment of the
LUNKEN AIRPORT U.S.
CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION GENERAL AVIATION FACILITY AND RUNWAY EXTENSION -
$4.2 million (Facility) $2.3 Million (Extension)
Construction of a
turnkey USCBP facility at Lunken Municipal Field
Airport based on current CBP Airport Technical Design Standards. A runway
extension at Lunken airport will allow for more flexible flight options.
LICK RUN VALLEY
CONVEYANCE ENHANCEMENT PROJECT - $20 Million
The Revised Original
LMCPR project includes several projects to be completed by 2018. The Lick Run
Valley Conveyance system will be constructed as an integrated solution to
combined sewer overflows, bioengineer systems to manage natural drainage and
runoff and create a foundation for community reinvestment.
authorization to $20 million will fund activities associated with the
construction of this innovative wastewater and storm water solution.
WESTERN HILLS VIADUCT
RECONSTRUCTION -$12 Million (study and design)
Fund continuation of
the study and design for the rehabilitation or for Right-of-Way replacement of
this deteriorating 80-year old double deck structure in coordination with the
City's Lick Run Project, Westwood Widening Project, and the ODOT I-75
Improvement Project affecting the interchange with the Western Hills Viaduct.
to Cincinnati budget documents the cost of paying for federal lobbyists is
Mallory says since he was first elected mayor, the city has brought back over
$117 million dollars for local projects. He says lawmakers were receptive to
the prioritized projects, but he recognizes they are limited in how much money
they are able to get back to the city.
want to be as helpful as they can," Mallory said. "Keep in mind there are no
more earmarks at this point so legislators can't just slip something into the
bill that says ‘fund this project'. They can, however, be advocates at the
department level and they can let those department heads know this is a
priority for them."
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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