News

Accelerating toward 70 mph in the Statehouse

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Senate approved its version of a transportation bill that includes a provision to increase the speed limit on the state’s highways and a plan to finance road construction work with Ohio Turnpike bonds.

Senators passed the two-year $7.6 billion plan to fund the Ohio Departments of Transportation and Public Safety after making changes to the House-passed bill, which will require a conference committee to work out the differences.

One provision increases the highway speed limit to 70 mph, outside of urban areas.

One of the changes made by a Senate panel is the so-called Nexus Provision, which ensures that 90 percent of the funds raised through the $1.5 billion in bonds issued on the Turnpike will be used within 75 miles of the turnpike.

Supporters of the bond plan, including Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina), say the plan will create 65,000 construction jobs.

“As we invest in our infrastructure, we do more than build better roads, we create a pathway for new businesses, we employ construction workers, and we contribute to the health of Ohio’s improving economy,” Transportation Committee chair Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville) said.

The panel’s ranking minority member, Capri Cafaro (D–Hubbard), lent her approval, saying that the legislation “does the responsible thing.”

Some projects that can be implemented with the Turnpike bonds were not expected until 2025 will be given immediate consideration.

“House Bill 51 is unarguably one of the greatest jobs budget we will pass this General Assembly,” Manning said.

Among the bill’s other provisions:

Lowering the late fee for vehicle registration from $20 to $10.

Allowing for the multi-year registration of certain vehicles.

Requiring a stop sign at all railroad crossings where lights or gates do not exist.

Weather Watch Sponsored By

Ohio Heating

OhioHeating125

Schedule an appointment today – (614) 863-6666

Featured Events

  • No events
  • News

    in Entertainment

    ‘Downton Abbey’ to end after season six

    This photo released by PBS and Carnival Film and Television Limited shows, from left, Lesley Nicol as Mrs. Patmore, and Sophie McShera as Daisy, in a scene from season four of the Masterpiece TV series, "Downton Abbey." As it returns for its much-awaited fourth season, it remains a series about elegance, tradition and gentility, and the pressures of preserving them. The show premieres Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 9 pm ET on PBS.

    Producers confirm that the next season of "Downton Abbey" will be the last.

    in Entertainment

    ‘Empire’ co-stars spark romance rumors

    gracegealey

    Are Trai Byers and Grace Gealey more than just coworkers?

    in Entertainment

    Idris Elba could be the next ‘Star Trek’ villain

    idriselba

    The in-demand actor is in talks to join the star-studded cast of the sci-fi franchise.