Ohio’s superintendent says the state won’t withhold funding to penalize schools for students opting out of standardized tests this year.
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.
A funding shortfall is forcing the department to delay several major projects, including an overhaul of the I-70/I-71 interchange.
The lack of funds could delays portions of the I-70/I-71 overhaul for as long as 16 years.
If you travel through downtown Columbus, get ready for ten years of driving frustration. Highway crews will be stepping up work on the first phase of the decade-long reconstruction of the I-71/70 Split. WOSU Commentator Stacia Kock is prepared to be patient.
Ohio plans to build a sound barrier made out of soil and plants in the state’s first eco-friendly attempt at muffling highway noise. State transportation department spokesman Scott Varner says the wall will be about 12 feet high.
Ohio’s transportation director Wednesday defended the cost of bringing passenger rail to the state. Jolene Molitoris said the project can be completed with the $400 million in federal stimulus funds already awarded the state. She met with Republican Senate President Bill Harris who is skeptical about the passenger rail plan.
Ohio’s Department of Transportation says it will install more cable median barriers in an effort to reduce the number of what are called crossover crashes. One of those crashes claimed four lives near Springfield. The deaths occurred when a tractor trailer truck crossed the median on Interstate 70 and struck a small passenger bus.
The state watchdog has found that an Ohio Department of Transportation employee used state time to perform his duties as a suburban Dayton councilman and mayor.
The state watchdog has found that one state Department of Transportation employee ran his private business on state time while another made excessive personal phonecalls.
Efforts to bring passenger rail service back to Ohio took a step forward Thursday. The Ohio Rail Development Commission is looking for 400 million dollars in federal stimulus money.