Gov. John Kasich's $3 billion "Jobs and Transportation Plan" could mean $51.5 million for the Interstate 270/U.S. Route 33 improvement plan.

Gov. John Kasich's $3 billion "Jobs and Transportation Plan" could mean $51.5 million for the Interstate 270/U.S. Route 33 improvement plan.

The Ohio Transportation Review Advisory Council last week gave a preliminary nod to the $3 billion plan that includes projects across the state and is funded by Ohio Turnpike profits and federal, state and local money.

In the plan, improvements to the I-270/U.S. Route 33 interchange in Dublin that hasn't seen improvements since construction in the 1970s is designated $51.5 million, enough to wrap up funding for the $93 million project.

Dublin has committed to $17 million for the project and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission will put $25 million in the pot.

The preliminary approval opened a public comment period that ends Aug. 16.

Dublin is urging residents to submit comments on the importance of the project to help the cause.

"It's helpful to know there's community support and outreach from residents and the business community," said Marsha Grigsby, Dublin city manager.

"It helps those reviewing applications and shows the importance of the project in the community," she said.

Public input about the project has already helped Dublin get some funding, Grigsby said. In fact, she was told the public support for the I-270/U.S. Route 33 was the most ever seen.

"It helps the project stand out in review," Grigsby said.

"Cardinal Health appreciates the leadership and vision displayed by Gov. Kasich with his recently announced plan for improving Ohio's transportation system," Shelley Bird, executive vice president of public affairs for Cardinal Health said.

"Keeping our highways in top condition is important to the jobs and businesses of many industries across our state, and Cardinal Health urges the Transportation Advisory Council to approve the governor's proposed projects accordingly," Bird said.

According to Grigsby, businesses in Dublin and the surround area need the interchange.

"The projects accelerated have close ties to freight," she said. "This project is a great example of that especially with Honda, but it has an impact on all our businesses."

"The governor has been very committed to infrastructure improvements for the future, and we consider the I-270/U.S. 33 corridor one that is vital to Honda's regional operations, and one that will have a positive impact on safe travel and efficient transport of goods in the region," said Caroline Ramsey, government relations manager for Honda of America Mfg. Inc. in a statement.

If the project receives final approval from TRAC in September, Grigsby said a contract for construction could be awarded as soon as next year.

"Before we were hoping to get funding in 2017," she said.

Improvements planned for the I-270/U.S. Route 33 interchange include widening U.S. Route 33 between the interchange and the Avery-Muirfield exit, and adding new ramps to replace the cloverleaf configuration.

Public comment about the project can be sent via email to trac@dot.state.oh.us; or by mail to Ohio Department of Transportation, C/O Jim Gates, 1980 W. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43224.