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Rest Stop Privatization Meets Opposition From Business Owners

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Administrators with the Ohio Department of Transportation saying privatizing rest stops along state routes would help fill a $1.6 billion budget gap.
7:27AM
August
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

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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.
8:01AM
June
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

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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.
7:27AM
June
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

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A Toyota Prius
6:07PM
May
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

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State Transportation Director Jerry Wray gives the first-ever "State of ODOT" Address on Tuesday.
7:59AM
May
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

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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.
9:09AM
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”

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ODOT administrators are hoping the Division of Innovative Delivery can deliver some innovative new funding streams for road and bridge projects.
10:40AM
March 21, 2012

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

State Panels OKs Turnpike Study

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If approved, rest areas like this one along the Ohio Turnpike could move into private operation.
6:24AM
February
14, 2012

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

State Regulators Approve Highway Project Delays

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Despite being one of the major dangerous interchanges in the state, ODOT administrators say a statewide funding shortfall will delay a planned overhaul of the I-70/I-71 interchange in downtown Columbus by as much as 17 years.
7:56AM
February
1, 2012

The Transportation Review Advisory Council has unanimously approved ODOT’s plan to delay some projects as long as 24 years.

Delayed Projects Prompt Highway Anxiety

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Traffic on an interstate highway
5:46AM
January 30, 2012

Ohio highway planners and construction companies face a changed future. The state Department of Transportation says a shortage of money will delay major projects. ODOT’s new construction timetable is causing anxiety for highway planners and builders.