Village officials are hoping to create more than 270 jobs with stimulus funding from the federal government.

Village officials are hoping to create more than 270 jobs with stimulus funding from the federal government.

According to figures from Gov. Ted Strickland's office, Ohio should receive at least $8.2-billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, with $1.5-billion allocated to infrastructure projects.

Canal Winchester public works director Matt Peoples said the village has several "shovel-ready" projects that could be the subject of stimulus fund applications.

"'Shovel-ready' to me would be projects that would be ready in up to 180 days," he said. "In my opinion, this is a job stimulus bill, so you want to get things out immediately."

Projects not ready in 180 days only would delay the goal of the stimulus, Peoples added.

Three capital improvement projects that could be considered "shovel-ready" include infrastructure improvements at Canal Pointe, Gender Road and creation of a park that could connect to a planned bike path off Groveport Road.

There are several other sanitary sewer, water and construction projects that Peoples said he considers shovel-ready, as well.

The Canal Pointe project involves building a new road west and south of Rutherford Drive and connecting it with Dove Parkway, as well as widening Eichorn Drive, which is south of the medical center site. Peoples said it could cost more than $2-million.

"We can just pull it off the shelf and put it out to bid," he said.

"We believe it meets the definition of 'shovel-ready,'" said village finance director Nanisa Osborn. "We don't know what everybody else thinks is shovel-ready."

Upwards of $1.6-million in Gender Road improvements include adding a turn lane on Gender Road as it heads into Winchester Boulevard, Peoples said.

Park plans would require the purchase of land at Gender and Groveport roads, as well as cleanup of the property and construction of a small parking lot. Peoples said the estimated cost of that project is more than $600,000.

The Gender Road project is estimated to create 18 construction jobs, Osborn said. The park would create 12.

Canal Pointe improvements are expected to create 240 jobs, Osborn said, because they would affect the Diley Ridge Medical Park off Diley Road.

Peoples said the projects are in the "advocacy phase." He said he has sent letters and information about several projects to many government entities.

"We look to the opportunity to help, not only the economy, but the village as well," he said. "We're trying to create jobs and help the village in a time of economic downturn."

Gov. Strickland's office has created, a Web site for submitting project proposals.

"That's the portal," said Nick Gill, assistant director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's transportation department. "Now that things are finalized, we're trying to get the members informed the best we can."

Gill said funding likely will follow existing federal and state channels; municipalities would apply for funding and state agencies will distribute the money based on figures in the applications.

He said the job-creation rate will be important in the selection process.

"That's the key item in determining projects," he said. "You want to pick projects that will create jobs."

Amanda Wurst, spokeswoman for the governor's office, said more than 6,000 projects have been submitted to the Web site.

She said state officials will "utilize existing funding streams" to apportion federal funds, either through a competitive process or through a discretionary process determined by the secretaries of federal agencies.