A highway to more jobs in the Miami Valley?

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — They carry thousands of vehicles everyday, but some think they’re also highways to hundreds of added jobs.

Those with the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce say the Miami Valley’s central location and Interstate access are what have led companies like Procter and Gamble to come here. P&G is expected to open its new warehouse in Union soon.

But those at the chamber worry the Miami Valley’s aging infrastructure could be an obstacle to bringing future jobs like that to the area.

“It’s deteriorated and it needs to be fixed,” says Chris Kershner with the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

So the chamber is starting the Dayton Area Logistics Association.

The group of logistics companies and their suppliers is designed to pave the way for more jobs in warehousing facilities.

“It will be a group that can push for better roadways, that can push for increased funding for transportation infrastructure,” Kershner says.

The chamber has a priority list created by businesses of 10 projects they’d like to see in the Miami Valley.

One is the widening of US 35 between Steve Whalen Boulevard and Interstate 675. All together they total about $190 million.

“It will not only support commuters and residents in the region, it will support businesses,” Kershner says.

But so far the hold up has been on how to pay for the improvements.

“That’s really been part of the gridlock in Washington DC is how are we going to fund the money that’s needed to fix the country’s aging infrastructure,” Kershner says.

Funding for the improvements is one of the things the Dayton Area Logistics Association is expected to discuss. Its first meeting is set for March.

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