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ODOT Vendor Pleads Guilty To Bid Rigging Charges

Quattro, Inc. sells orange highway barrels and other traffic control equipment.
19, 2012

The charges against Cincinnati-based Quattro, Inc. will bring the first criminal antitrust convictions in Ohio in 30 years.

ODOT To Revamp North Columbus Interchange

I-270 & US-23
The 2 1/2 year project looks to help vehicles entering and exiting I-270. The draft includes a half-mile, two-lane tunnel extending from I-270 to north of Flint Rd.
28, 2012

The state is adding two express lanes from I-270 to U.S. 23 North to reduce congestion and improve safety.

Rest Stop Privatization Meets Opposition From Business Owners

Administrators with the Ohio Department of Transportation saying privatizing rest stops along state routes would help fill a $1.6 billion budget gap.
9, 2012

The proposal to turn state-owned rest stops into privately-operated travel plazas is finally getting some attention…just not the kind state leaders had hoped for.

Gas Tax Debate Weighs Heavily On Future Of ODOT

Former and current state lawmakers are offering different takes on raising the state's gas tax to help make up a funding deficit at the Ohio Department of Transportation.
15, 2012

Administrators with the Ohio Department of Transportation announced earlier this year that the agency was facing a $1.6 billion funding shortfall. But there’s far from a consensus over how to plug the budget pothole.

ODOT Moves Up Some Projects, But Delays And Frustration Remain

Despite being one of the major dangerous interchanges in the state, ODOT administrators say a statewide funding shortfall will delay some work on the I-70/I-71 interchange in downtown Columbus by 16 years.
7, 2012

An ODOT panel has voted to move up most major road projects that were delayed by several years, inclduing the I-70/I-71 overhaul. But officials know the new schedule likely will not satisfy communities that are depending on new roads.

More Fuel Efficient Cars Mean Less Revenue For ODOT

A Toyota Prius
30, 2012

A group known as Environment Ohio released a report Wednesday backing the Obama Administration’s proposed auto fuel efficiency standards. Those standards call for an average of 54.5 miles per gallon for vehicles by 2025. But better fuel economy means a decline in revenue for the state department of transportation.

The State Of ODOT

State Transportation Director Jerry Wray gives the first-ever "State of ODOT" Address on Tuesday.
30, 2012

In the first-ever “State of ODOT” Address, transportation officials painted a troubled portrait of the agency still working its way out of a $1.6 billion budget hole.

Auditor: ODOT Could Save $6 Million

performance review of the transportation agency. He says about 42 percent of Ohio's backhoes, excavators and other equipment are used only 5 percent of the time.
April 27, 2012

A report by the state’s auditor has found that the Ohio Department of Transportation could save more than $6 million by selling underused heavy equipment and vehicles and closing two rest stops in eastern Ohio.

ODOT Creates “Division Of Innovative Delivery”

ODOT administrators are hoping the Division of Innovative Delivery can deliver some innovative new funding streams for road and bridge projects.
March 21, 2012

The new division will focus on finding new revenue streams for the financially-strapped agency.

State Panels OKs Turnpike Study

If approved, rest areas like this one along the Ohio Turnpike could move into private operation.
14, 2012

A state legislative panel has also approved a study on privatizing Ohio’s rest areas.