Beatty Boldly Secures $25 Million for Columbus Crossroads
WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding the City of Columbus $25 million for Phase 4 of the Columbus Crossroads project. Prior to DOT’s notice, Beatty spearheaded a letter urging the Biden-Harris Administration to greenlight the plan for an Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant.
“After years of work, I am happy to have helped secure $25 million for Columbus Crossroads,” Beatty said. “This transformational project will help further revitalize the downtown Columbus area, spur greater investment in surrounding communities, and restore connections to the Southside. Talk about a win-win for my constituents and our vibrant economy.”
The funding agreement coincides with the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act, H.R. 3684. Included in the comprehensive transportation and infrastructure package is over $19 million for Central Ohio requests supported by Beatty.
“Today’s exciting news could not come at a more appropriate time given passage of the INVEST in America Act,” Beatty noted. “Congressional Democrats and President Biden are committed to ensuring that we can all build back better, and as the Representative of Ohio’s Third Congressional District I will continue to do all I can to fight for the people, projects and priorities that make us strong.”
The $1.3 billion Columbus Crossroads project calls for: reconstructing nearly one mile of eastbound and westbound I-70 and northbound I-71 through the I-70/I-71/SR 315 West Interchange; adding an additional through lane for both eastbound and westbound traffic in the I-70/71 overlap; replacing three functionally obsolete bridges over I-70/I-71 at High Street, Third Street and Fourth Street; as well as reconnecting downtown Columbus and the neighborhoods immediately south through urban avenue improvements, bridge enhancements, and bridge caps on the High Street and Third Street bridges.