Turnpike Boss Welcomes Lease Study

Along the Ohio Turnpike(Photo: Ohio Turnpike Commission)
Along the Ohio Turnpike(Photo: Ohio Turnpike Commission)

The new boss of the Ohio Turnpike sees a proposal to lease the toll road as part of the bigger issue of state government efficiency amid limited resources.

Richard Hodges spoke to The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday as holiday traffic whizzed past his turnpike office. He says that Ohio must find ways to pay for highways and bridges and that the turnpike can be part of that solution.

The Republican former state representative from Wauseon in northwest Ohio became turnpike executive director this month amid a growing debate over leasing. Hodges says he welcomes that debate.

Leasing critics fear it would lead to poor maintenance and profit-driven higher tolls that could prompt motorists to travel adjacent highways instead.

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