The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) updates the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) on a biannual basis. The STIP is Ohio’s four-year transportation planning document which presents the fiscally balanced, multi-modal transportation program for the State of Ohio. Included are projects both federal and state funded scheduled for some phase of implementation during the four year period. As a designated Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO), OMEGA developed a Regional Transportation Improvement Plan (RTIP) for Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Muskingum, and Tuscarawas Counties which is directly included in the STIP for the State Fiscal Years 2018-2021.
Beginning in July 2019, OMEGA began updating the RTIP for State Fiscal Years 2021-2024. The RTIP will contain Regionally Significant Projects, State Line Item Projects, and unfunded RTPO Projects. During September and October 2019, OMEGA hosted Rural Consultation and public engagement meetings. These meetings are designed to disseminate information about ODOT-programmed projects and collect feedback about potential projects within local areas. These events are also an opportunity to gather information about local projects that may be added to the RTIP or Long-Range Transportation Plan.
A survey is currently open to gather public opinions on the state of transportation. This survey will help guide the discussions between local officials and ODOT.