Nearly $5 Billion for 1,600 Highway Construction and Maintenance Projects; Includes Three Line-Item Vetoes
COLUMBUS - Today at Daifuku America Corporation in Reynoldsburg (Franklin Co.), Gov. John R. Kasich signed the 2016-2017 Transportation Budget Bill (Sub. H.B. 53) into law. The $5 billion bill helps fund approximately 1,600 projects across Ohio, including expansions to I-71 in Columbus and I-70 in Clark County, the second phase of Cleveland's Opportunity Corridor, upgrades to the I-475/US 20 interchange in Lucas County, a new interchange at Cherry Valley Road in Newark, and the Mill Creek Expressway in Cincinnati.
Other highlights of the new budget include:
- $600 million to local governments for road and bridge improvements;
- A new, innovative contracting process to streamline government and save taxpayer dollars;
- Reforms to driver training that make Ohio roads safer.
Kasich line-item vetoed three items in Sub. H.B. 53. The veto messages can be found here.