The Ohio Department of Transportation recently delivered some bad news, but Dublin isn't worried.

The Ohio Department of Transportation recently delivered some bad news, but Dublin isn't worried.

Last month, ODOT released funding projections that set some transportation projects back by decades due to a shortage in funding.

"Unfortunately, this is Ohio's new reality. For far too long, previous administrations have added more and more to the list of (Transportation Review Advisory Council) projects knowing that there were more projects than funds available," ODOT director and TRAC chairman Jerry Wray said in an ODOT news release. "Their poor planning has put us in the position of making tough decisions and delivering the bad news to many communities throughout the state that there simply is not enough money to fund their projects."

Dublin has been working to get funding for improvements to the U.S. Route 33 and Interstate 270 interchange since 2009 and received $2 million from ODOT for preliminary studies. The city had to put up $500,000 for the preliminary engineering and environmental studies as well.

Dublin city manager Marsha Grigsby said she's not too concerned about the interchange project being affected by the funding cuts.

"While funding is limited and competition stiff, we remain confident the I-270/U.S. 33 interchange will continue to be a funding priority. Why? This nearly 40-year-old 'failing' interchange is ranked in the top 100 locations in the state for crashes due to congestion and outdated freeway design," she stated in information from the city. "The interchange facilitates $1.2 billion in current economic activity and is projected to help spur 32,000 new jobs and an additional $2.3 billion in investments when it is completely rebuilt in about 20 years."

Dublin did not apply for funding from TRAC this year because the preliminary study is still under way.

"It should be completed by the end of 2012," Grigsby told ThisWeek.

The city did ask to remain on a list of projects to get funding in the future, though, and Grigsby said the first phase of the interchange project is "highly rated."

According to the draft list of projects released by TRAC last month, the interchange project is a "tier two" project, which includes unfunded projects "currently under development."

The I-270/U.S. 33 project is given a total score of 54 on the list. Other projects on the list score as high as 82.5 for a Interstate 71 interchange near Cincinnati to a 34 for the widening of U.S. Route 42 in Medina Township in northeast Ohio.

The current work on the I-270/U.S. Route 33 interchange is only for the first phase, Grigsby said. The first phase includes a flyover from I-270 north to U.S. Route 33 west.

"This is a very long-term project," she said. "This is only phase 1 in design."

Dublin officials previously have placed a $33-million price tag on the first phase of the project.

When planning for the project began in 2009, engineer manager Jean-Ellen Willis told council no major changes had been made to the interchange since it was built in 1967. The interchange was 20 percent over capacity and was 10th in the state for freeway crashes, Willis said.