Rep. Fudge Criticizes ODOT Reallocation of Recovery Act Funds

WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, OH- United States Representative Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) took a positive and progressive role for the 11th Congressional District by supporting the Reinvestment and Recovery Act.  Much of the funding from this law was allocated for road and bridge construction and resurfacing streets.

From the Recovery Act, Cuyahoga County was allocated approximately $220 million to be distributed by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) for work on the Interstate 90 Bridge project and on University Circle. Without any notice to Rep. Fudge, ODOT reallocated approximately $115 million of the original funds to other projects throughout the State of Ohio.

“Approximately $220 million was allocated to Cuyahoga County by President Obama through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. My constituents deserve an explanation of why ODOT arbitrarily took significant funds destined to create jobs and improve roads away from the 11th District of Ohio,” stated Rep. Fudge.

Rep. Fudge only learned of the reallocation after staff discovered a report by the Associated Press. Despite attempts to contact ODOT, Rep. Fudge has yet to receive a sufficient response to her concerns.