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Champaign County project receives $780k grant to improve transportation

COLUMBUS (AP) — The Ohio Department of Transportation has awarded $10.5 million in grants to help fund projects aimed at improving mobility and restoring historic transportation facilities in some local communities.

The grants announced last week will be used to help communities finance projects for non-motorized transportation such as bikes and for recreational facilities. A total of 20 projects will receive money from the grants.

The city of Urbana was awarded $780,515 to install new sidewalks to improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities along U.S. Route 36 in Champaign County.

Nearly $800,000 of the grant money will be used for a safe pedestrian route connecting Kent State University's east and west campuses to businesses in northeast Ohio's East Liverpool.

More than $285,000 will be used to rehabilitate the Mull Covered Bridge in Sandusky in northern Ohio.

The state agency says it worked with various organizations in local communities to find projects in need of additional funding.

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