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Smart Transportation -- Including on NE Ohio's I-90 corridor -- Is Key in Kasich's Budget

Kasich under bridge
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Transportation projects have played big in Gov. Kasich's spending plans.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich was in Dayton on today to highlight his final budget proposal as state governor. The nearly $70 billion, two-year budget plan was released on Monday. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Jerry Kenney has more.

Kasich chose the Riverside Research firm as his backdrop to talk about the new budget’s focus on technology and data analytics.

”This drive towards technology, towards innovation, towards excitement, towards employment, towards changing the very face of the the great state of Ohio, is really where we want to be.”

The governor’s budget includes funding for two so-called “smart highway” projects. One would be along the Interstate-270 beltway in Columbus, the other on Interstate 90 in northeast Ohio.

Other transportation projects in the governor’s budget include testing self-driving technologies, and new traffic-management techniques - including new variable speed limits along state highways.

After Kasich’s speech, Ohio's transportation director, Jerry Wray, praised the governor’s dedication to infrastructure during his time in office. “Gov. Kasich gets it. He understands the importance of transportation. He understands it’s sort of the life-blood of the community.

Wray says by the time the governor leaves office in two years, Kasich will have designated more than $16 billion for Ohio roadways.