Roads and bridges

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SHUTTERSTOCK

Beginning July 1st, Ohio’s gas tax will increase by ten and half cents per gallon for regular fuel. But the tax on diesel will go up by 19 cents, because big trucks do most of the damage on Ohio’s roads. The diesel fuel increase is what some business leaders said will end up costing all Ohioans more in the long run.

Valley VIew Bridge
Ohio.gov

Northeast Ohio’s infrastructure received a D+ grade in a report card released Wednesday. 

The Cleveland Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers collected data on transportation, buildings and water over the past two years.

They find much of the infrastructure, like roads and bridges, is aging and deteriorating significantly.

Survey Shows Ohio's Roads Are Getting Worse

Feb 9, 2018
Ohio is "Average."
Reason Foundation

An annual survey of the nation’s highways finds that Ohio’s roads are getting worse. The report from the Reason Foundation shows that overall, Ohio slipped from ninth to 26th.

The drop is in part due to new information on the condition of the state’s bridges as well as worsening road conditions despite an increase in spending

SHERROD BROWN OFFICE

President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for massive infrastructure spending and his message is being echoed by an Ohio Democrat. 

WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says the place to start is America’s bridges.

Brown made the announcement of his $75 billion Bridge Investment Act this week in front of the historic Center Street bridge in the Cleveland Flats.

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ODOT

This is expected to be a record year for road construction, with the Ohio Department of Transportation planning to spend $2.4 billion maintaining and building roads and bridges. But the agency’s director is worried about funding for ODOT down the road.

Big projects are planned on freeways in Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo, and work continues on the largest project ever in southern Ohio, the Portsmouth bypass.

Valley VIew Bridge
Ohio.gov

The Ohio Department of Transportation kicked off its 2017 construction season Thursday with nearly two billion dollars’ worth of new and continuing projects in northeastern Ohio.

In Cuyahoga and adjacent counties, $1.3 billion will go to projects like the Inner Belt and Opportunity corridors and Valley View Bridge.