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House bill gives $8M to area

Transportation measure earmarks $4M for Trumbull

The U.S. House approved a $715 billion transportation bill that includes $4 million each in funding for projects in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

The House approved the bill by a 221-201 vote Thursday with all Democrats and only two Republicans voting in favor of it even though several Republicans have earmarks for their districts in the spending package.

The INVEST in America Act is expected to hit a major roadblock in the Senate, where it will need 60 votes for approval in a body that is split 50-50 between the two political parties.

The Mahoning project is $4 million for a Mahoning Avenue industrial corridor upgrade to Mahoning Avenue, Bailey Road and Rosemont Road in Jackson Township.

The Trumbull project, to be handled by the Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, is to overhaul the intersection of state Route 46 and Warren Sharon Road in Howland.

“The INVEST Act is a long-needed shot in the arm for our communities,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, who sponsored the funding for the two projects in the bill. “This legislation and the projects I was able to secure for northeast Ohio will be a boom for our local economy, ensuring good-paying jobs for our workers and safer roads, new and upgraded bridges and safer drinking water for” communities.

Ryan’s requests for a $7.2 million project in Cuyahoga Falls and $4 million in Akron, which are also in his congressional district, were also approved by the House. Both are for street improvements.

The bill includes $343 billion to roads and bridges, $109 billion to transit, $95 billion to passenger and freight rail, $117 billion to water infrastructure and $51 billion to wastewater infrastructure.

The bill also includes Ryan’s Hot Cars Act of 2021, which requires the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue a final rule requiring cars to be equipped with a system to alert the driver if a passenger remains in the back seat when a car is turned off, in an effort to make sure parents don’t leave their children in hot vehicles.

“No child should endure the tragedy of dying while trapped in a hot vehicle,” Ryan said. “The unfortunate reality is that even good, loving and attentive parents can get distracted. Studies have shown this can happen to anyone, anywhere.”

Ryan has attempted to get this bill approved for years.

dskolnick@tribtoday.com

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