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City lobbies lawmakers for $155.2M

Mayor Mark Mallory planning to lobby in D.C. for 'Top Ten' Cincinnati projects. Mayor Mark Mallory planning to lobby in D.C. for 'Top Ten' Cincinnati projects.
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati's Mayor and City Manager have identified the top ten projects they would like to see the Federal Government pitch in on.

"I go to D.C. to get a portion of our tax dollars back for local projects that we have prioritized that are important for the city," Mayor Mark Mallory said. "There is a pie, it is going to be sliced and it's going to be distributed. I want to get a piece of it for Cincinnati."

A monthly lobbying report states both city officials met with White House staff and members of the U.S. House and Senate earlier in the month to formally present their 2013 Federal Agenda.

The Ferguson Group LLC, a company retained by the city to help lobby its federal interests, set up the meetings.

The top 10 projects referenced and requested FY2014 federal funding requests are as follows:

CENTRAL RIVERFRONT PROJECT - $4.6 Million

Continue construction of award-winning Central Riverfront Project

Increase authorization from $30 Million to $80 Million for construction of Central Riverfront Park, expand project scope to include bank stabilization improvements to segments of the Ohio River bank east of the Roebling Suspension Bridge, and credit locally funded planning, design and construction activities presently underway or pending.

1-75 CORRIDOR/CITY STREET NETWORK/BRENT SPENCE BRIDGE - $30 Million

Fund preliminary engineering, design and construction for a number of City projects within the I-75 Corridor. allowing for direct coordination with the design and construction of ODOT improvements on the I-75 mainline, interchanges, and bridges.

I-71 CORRIDOR ACCESS IMPROVEMENTS - $60 Million

Fund right of way acquisition and construction modifications to the highway, interchanges, arterial network, and current and future transit systems between the Ohio River and the Dana Avenue Interchange to provide improved access to Uptown and other Cincinnati neighborhoods adjacent to I-71.

CINCINNATI STREETCAR PHASE 2 - $800,000

Design and planning for Uptown phase of the Cincinnati streetcar route, complying with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process.

OHIO RIVER TRAIL - $4.5 Million (Design and Construction)

Fund design and construction of the remaining 3 mile segment of the eastern arm of the Ohio River Trail that will extend from the CBD to the eastern City limit, and will fund study, design, and early construction phases of the 11-mile western end of the Ohio River Trail that will run from the CBD to Sayler Park.

FORT WASHINGTON WAY DECKS – $5.8 Million

Design and engineering work for decks over Fort Washington Way, including ventilation design, preparation of documents for regulatory review and approval, development of a construction plan that minimizes impacts to the freeway operation, development of a funding plan/matrix and amendment of the environmental document.

LUNKEN AIRPORT U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION GENERAL AVIATION FACILITY AND RUNWAY EXTENSION - $4.2 million (Facility) $2.3 Million (Extension)

Construction of a turnkey USCBP facility at Lunken Municipal Field Airport based on current CBP Airport Technical Design Standards. A runway extension at Lunken airport will allow for more flexible flight options.

LICK RUN VALLEY CONVEYANCE ENHANCEMENT PROJECT - $20 Million

The Revised Original LMCPR project includes several projects to be completed by 2018. The Lick Run Valley Conveyance system will be constructed as an integrated solution to combined sewer overflows, bioengineer systems to manage natural drainage and runoff and create a foundation for community reinvestment.

Increase in authorization to $20 million will fund activities associated with the construction of this innovative wastewater and storm water solution.

WESTERN HILLS VIADUCT RECONSTRUCTION -$12 Million (study and design)

Fund continuation of the study and design for the rehabilitation or for Right-of-Way replacement of this deteriorating 80-year old double deck structure in coordination with the City's Lick Run Project, Westwood Widening Project, and the ODOT I-75 Improvement Project affecting the interchange with the Western Hills Viaduct.

 BUS RAPID TRANSIT LINE - $11 Million

Design and implement a BRT line identified in the City of Cincinnati Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Feasibility Study. Funding will be used for vehicle procurement, pavement markings and signal changes, traffic signal priority (traffic lights automatically turn green when the vehicle approaches), and other necessary improvements.  According to the City, Cincinnati is scheduled to get its first BRT line in 2013, with more to follow after that

According to Cincinnati budget documents the cost of paying for federal lobbyists is $107,400 annually.

Mayor Mallory says since he was first elected mayor, the city has brought back over $117 million dollars for local projects. He says lawmakers were receptive to the prioritized projects, but he recognizes they are limited in how much money they are able to get back to the city.

"They want to be as helpful as they can," Mallory said. "Keep in mind there are no more earmarks at this point so legislators can't just slip something into the bill that says ‘fund this project'. They can, however, be advocates at the department level and they can let those department heads know this is a priority for them."

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