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Rep. Stivers Helps Secure $4.5 Million to Repair State Route 376

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MCCONNELSVILLE, March 19, 2019 | comments
“For my constituents in Morgan County and the region, this is beyond an inconvenience, it is severely impacting their day-to-day life, as I have heard first-hand from McConnelsville residents and others in the area,” Stivers said. “I will continue to serve as a resource in any way possible, and I am grateful to Superintendent Synder-Lowe, Sheriff McGrath, Commissioner Shriver, ODOT, and the U.S. Department of Transportation for their prompt attention to the situation.”
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MCCONNELSVILLE – Last week, Representative Steve Stivers submitted a letter of support on behalf of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), urging funding to repair and reopen State Route 376 that passes through Morgan County.  As a result, on Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $4.5 million grant to ODOT to finance these critical repairs.

Following above-average rainfall in the month of February, approximately fifteen acres of land shifted above the roadway, pushing the road towards the river and resulting in its closure on February 22, 2019. 

Local officials, including the Superintendent of Morgan County Schools, Lori Snyder-Lowe, and Sheriff Douglas McGrath, were quick to seek emergency funding and they, along with Morgan County Commissioner Adam Shriver, have remained valuable partners in this collaboration between local, state, and federal government.

“For my constituents in Morgan County and the region, this is beyond an inconvenience, it is severely impacting their day-to-day life, as I have heard first-hand from McConnelsville residents and others in the area,” Stivers said.  “I will continue to serve as a resource in any way possible, and I am grateful to Superintendent Snyder-Lowe, Sheriff McGrath, Commissioner Shriver, ODOT, and the U.S. Department of Transportation for their prompt attention to the situation.”

State Route 376 is a major transportation artery for Morgan County, and its closure severely hinders access to many essential county services, including Morgan County’s Junior High and High School, a developmental disability facility, a nursing home, and the county’s only mental health and drug and alcohol abuse center.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will allow ODOT to subsidize the engineering efforts necessary to repair and reopen the affected portion of State Route 376.  Representative Stivers’ letter reiterates his strong support for the application given the urgency of the situation.

To read the full text of the letter, click here.

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