70 MPH Speed Limit Proposal Passed

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The Transportation Budget was officially passed by the Ohio General Assembly on Thursday.

According to Rob Nichols with Governor Kasich’s office, the budget includes raising the speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph on rural stretches of highways, including I-90 and I-71 in Northeast Ohio.

Ohio Governor John Kasich said in a statement, “Passage of our Jobs and Transportation Plan marks a great day for all Ohioans and the job creators who depend on our highway system to ship goods throughout our state.  This Turnpike plan is a big change for our state, and I applaud the General Assembly for being open to and ultimately passing an innovative plan that will allow us to complete infrastructure projects faster, create 65,000 new construction jobs and help attract new job creators to Ohio.”

ODOT said in a statement on Thursday,  “We appreciate the bipartisan support of the General Assembly and the support from elected and business leaders and citizens around the state. We’re also grateful to Gov. John Kasich for his leadership and support of ODOT as we work to help get Ohio’s economy back on track. We all understand improving our infrastructure is key to creating new jobs and this budget will be a tremendous help.”

A key component of this legislation was the governor’s plan to use the Ohio Turnpike to generate $1.5 billion for critical transportation projects, especially those in Northern Ohio.