Ohio’s Gov. John R. Kasich has unveiled a plan to invest $3 billion in infrastructure over the next several years to improve the state’s transportation system.
The plan will allow the state to eliminate decades-long delays on 41 new construction projects, some of which are now slated to begin as early as next year. Some funding for the proposal was made possible by a plan to issue bonds backed by Ohio Turnpike toll revenue dedicated exclusively to northern Ohio.
Kasich’s recommendations await a July 25 vote by Ohio’s Transportation Review Advisory Council, which reviews and approves the Ohio Department of Transportation’s largest construction projects.
“By thinking outside the box, we’re attacking Ohio’s highway budget deficit without a tax increase and keeping Ohio’s highways in top condition,” Kasich said. “Our agriculture, manufacturing and logistics industries, as well as so many others, depend on our world-class highway system for their success, and the $3 billion in new funds made possible from our plan keeps them moving so Ohio’s economic recovery can keep moving.”