The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission ann-ounces the availability of the final draft State Fiscal Years 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program for public review and comment.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission ann-ounces the availability of the final draft State Fiscal Years 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program for public review and comment.

A public information open house on the TIP has been scheduled between 3 and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at MORPC, 111 Liberty St., Suite 100, Columbus. A presentation on the TIP is scheduled for 6 p.m. Staff will be available to answer questions.

The MORPC comment period for the TIP runs through April 25, 2013.

The TIP is a schedule of transportation improvement projects important to the MORPC transportation planning area (Franklin and Dela-ware counties, Violet and Bloom townships in Fairfield County, and Etna Township and Pata-skala in Licking County) that will use almost $2 billion in federal, state and/or local funds between July 2013 and June 2017. The TIP also shows transportation improvements such as highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, bridge, major signal projects, etc., that have undergone a federally required air quality conformity analysis. The TIP includes engineering studies expected to lead to construction in later years.

This process also is being used to meet the public participation requirements for the Central Ohio Transit Authority's and Delaware Area Transit Agency's program of projects.

The Final Draft TIP is available for review at morpc.org/tip or at MORPC, as well as all Columbus Metropolitan Library branches and main libraries in Delaware, Licking, Fairfield and Franklin counties. Written comments can be submitted to: Robert Lawler, director of transportation, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, 111 Liberty St., Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43215 by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 25, or via email at tip@morpc.org.

MORPC is scheduled to act on the TIP on May 9, 2013.