TOLEDO, Ohio (WSPD) -- It's the largest transportation budget in Ohio history: 936 project with a price tag of $2.5 billion.
"I can't wait to see all these orange barrels," said Gov. John Kasich.
The 2014 construction season will include $1.5 billion for road resurfacing projects, see the repair or replacement of 30 bridges, and 84 interstate safety upgrades.
The most expensive project is the $370 million Portsmouth bypass in Scioto County. Other highlights include construction of Cleveland’s eastbound George V. Voinovich Bridge, I-75 highway reconstruction program through Wood and Hancock counties, reconstruction of State Route 57 in Lorain County, widening of I-271 in northern Summit County, Cleveland’s Opportunity Corridor, a new interchange at I-71 and Martin Luther King Blvd. in Cincinnati, the interchange at U.S. Route 23 and I-270 in northern Franklin County, I-75 through Dayton and Lucas County, and a bridge replacement on I-70 over State Route 9 in St. Clairsville.
"This is about increased safety and jobs. It's about reduced congestion and jobs. It's about development and growth and jobs," said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.
Kasich says the construction season is boosted by their ability to sell bonds against future tolls on the Ohio Turnpike.
"The rest of the country is running around and struggling with how they're going to do infrastructure. I'm just thrilled with what's happening with infrastructure in Ohio and we didn't have to raise anybody's taxes to get it done," he said.
Kasich says that the money from the Turnpike will help fund projects that had been delayed for decades.
photo courtesy: Sarah Ottney, Toledo Free Press