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NOACA accepts Irishtown Bend Grant Funding at INFRA Grant Announcement Ceremony in Washington D.C.

Post Date:07/26/2019 7:40 AM

CLEVELAND (July 25, 2019) The U.S. Department of Transportation formally announced the recipients of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s INFRA (Infrastructure for Rebuilding America) grants today in Washington D.C.  The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) was awarded a $9 Million grant for the Irishtown Bend project under this federal program.

U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao announced a list of major infrastructure investments across America that will receive grant awards including the restoration of the Irishtown Bend project, which will stabilize the hillside and repair bulkheads along a critical stretch of the Cuyahoga River. Secretary Chao stated, “Over 200 eligible applications were reviewed with more than $9.8 billion in requests. Twenty applications were awarded grants because they showed national and regional economic growth, local participation, safety, repairing transportation infrastructure and improving quality of life.”

“I’m pleased to accept this $9 million grant on behalf of NOACA,” said Executive Director Grace Gallucci. “As Northeast Ohio’s federally-designated metropolitan planning organization, NOACA is committed to maintaining and improving transportation infrastructure throughout our region. Transportation is critical to economic activity and quality of life, and Irishtown Bend is our top priority. 20,000 jobs and $3.5 billion in economic activity depend on a viable shipping channel in Cleveland. We’ve cleaned up the Cuyahoga River, and now we’re keeping it open for business.”

“I would like to recognize the NOACA’s Board of Directors in their leadership and vision to make this project a regional priority,” stated Ms. Gallucci. “I would also like to thank President Donald Trump, Secretary Chao and the U.S. DOT for selecting the Irishtown Bend project; and also Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Rob Portman; and Representatives Marcia Fudge, Bob Gibbs, Anthony Gonzalez, David Joyce, Marcy Kaptur; Governor Mike DeWine and ODOT; our statehouse delegation and other state officials; City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson; Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and county officials in the five county region; regional and local government officials, business community, and non-profit leaders. This is a great example of collaboration and bipartisanship to advance our Northeast Ohio priorities and agenda. This was truly a team effort, and it shows what we can achieve when we work together as a region.”

Will Friedman, President and CEO of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority, stated:  “The stabilization of Irishtown Bend is truly a transformative project that not only protects Cuyahoga River navigational and recreational users but provides a pathway for turning the hillside into an unparalleled amenity for the community.  We greatly appreciate the steadfast partnership of NOACA Executive Director Grace Gallucci and her staff during the multiple efforts to secure federal grant funds.”

The total cost of repairing the bulkheads and stabilizing the hillside is currently estimated at $36 million. So far, NOACA has assembled funding from numerous sources, including $9 million from today’s U.S. DOT INFRA grant, $3.5 million local match share requirement under the NOACA’s Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funds, $7 million from the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, $5 million from the State of Ohio, and $1 million from the City of Cleveland. NOACA is exploring various funding sources for the remaining $10.5 million needed to complete the project.

Read more about the Irishtown Bend project here.

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The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound.  NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio.

Media Contact: Danielle Render, Director of External Engagement & Public Affairs, 216-241-2414, ext. 253, or drender@mpo.noaca.org

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