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Kasich Signs Transportation Budget

COLUMBUS – Today Gov. John R. Kasich signed the 2018-2019 Transportation Budget Bill (Sub. H.B. 26) into law, continuing Ohio’s progress on improving its highway infrastructure while taking steps to position the state as a leader in the future of transportation: self-driving cars and drones.

“Ohio ranks high among all states for the quality and maintenance of our highway infrastructure and we did it without ever having to raise the gas tax,” said Kasich.  “We’re determined to maintain the competitive edge we have with our highways, while also positioning our state for the industries of tomorrow with self-driving cars and drones.”

Over the past seven years, at the same time many states have fallen behind in highway repairs and improvements, Ohio has invested an unprecedented $14 billion on nearly 7,000 projects – an increase of $3 billion.  Ohio’s new transportation budget continues that progress by investing in 43 major projects, 446 bridge projects, 615 pavement projects and 356 safety projects over the next two years

The transportation budget also makes investments in the Transportation Research Center in central Ohio to expand capabilities for self-driving research and creates smart highways where new technologies can be safely tested in real-life traffic situations, including sections of Interstate 90 in northeast Ohio, Interstate 270 in Columbus and U.S. 33 near the Transportation Research Center.

Funding will also help Ohio stay on the leading edge of developing drone technology and its ongoing efforts with the Air Force to fly unmanned aircraft beyond the line of visual sight.

Veto Messages

Kasich line-item vetoed four items in Sub. H.B. 26.  The veto messages can be found here and following this press release.









March 31, 2017



Pursuant to Article II, Section 16 of the Ohio Constitution, which states that the Governor may disapprove any items in a bill making an appropriation of money, I hereby disapprove the following items contained in Substitute House Bill 26 and set forth below the reasons for so doing. The text I am disapproving is identified in this message by reference to the corresponding page and boxed text of the bill.





On page 2, delete the following boxed text: “5501.90”.

On page 4, delete the following boxed text: “5501.90”.

On page 360, delete the boxed text beginning with “Sec. 5501.90. . .”.

On page 361, delete the boxed text.



Creates Smart Transportation Action Advisory Team


This item creates a Smart Transportation Action Advisory Team to review concepts and make recommendations to the General Assembly regarding the use of public money for smart transportation initiatives undertaken by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and JobsOhio. The development of smart transportation is extremely important for Ohio and the nation as new discoveries and innovations are generated and deployed daily. Investments in strategically planned smart mobility initiatives will have a positive impact on the lives of all Ohioans. While well-intentioned, this item creates a bureaucratic barrier that in effect will slow research in transportation technology. Additionally, an oversight committee of this sort could have a negative effect on federal funding and the significant private investment associated with it, putting Ohio’s ability to compete in the smart transportation and mobility sector at a disadvantage. Therefore, this veto is in the public interest.




On page 2, delete the following boxed text: “5543.20”.

On page 4, delete the following boxed text: “5543.20”.

On page 370, delete the boxed text.

On page 371, delete the boxed text.

On page 411, delete the boxed text.



Changes the Frequency of Local Bridge Inspections


This item changes inspection requirements for local bridges, alternating between a full inspection in the first year and a “partial” inspection the following year.  Current law requires a full inspection annually. Maintaining current law increases the likelihood that potentially dangerous or even deadly deficiencies are found and appropriate steps are taken to maintain the public’s safety. Additionally, there are no current, established engineering standards for what constitutes a “partial” inspection of a bridge. Therefore, this veto is in the public interest.




On page 2, delete the following boxed text: “5501.60”.

On page 4, delete the following boxed text: “5501.60”.

On page 360, delete the boxed text beginning with “Sec. 5501.60. . .”.


Requires the Ohio Department of Transportation to Install Interchanges on Limited Access Highways Every Four Miles in Certain Urban Areas


This item requires the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to install limited access entrance and exit interchanges every four miles in certain urban areas. While this provision is well intended and arises from a potential safety concern that is currently being studied by ODOT and its metropolitan planning partner, it is ultimately unworkable as it short circuits procedures and specifications for the installation of interchanges established by the Director of Transportation in accordance with roadway safety standards developed by the transportation and civil engineering profession. Additionally, this would likely run contrary to federal requirements regarding the environmental process involving local communities and the stewardship agreement ODOT has with the U.S. Department of Transportation regarding interstate routes.  Therefore, this veto is in the public interest.






On page 1, delete the boxed text.

On page 3, delete the boxed text.

On page 25, delete the boxed text.

On page 410, delete the boxed text.


Eliminates the Requirement That a Person Other Than the Operator of a Boat Observe a Watersport Participant Being Towed by the Boat


Ohio has some of the nation's best outdoor recreational opportunities for boaters, anglers, and outdoor recreation enthusiasts.  Safety on Ohio’s waterways continues to be a top priority for the state of Ohio. This item would weaken Ohio’s existing boating safety laws for watersports, such as skiing, by eliminating the requirement that a non-driving observer be onboard to provide situational awareness of other vessels on the water – and to alert the operator to potential danger. This would put at risk others on the lake and those being towed. Therefore, this veto is in the public interest.




IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name and caused the Great Seal of the State of Ohio to be affixed at Columbus this 31st day of March, Two Thousand





John R. Kasich, Governor


This will acknowledge the receipt of a copy of this veto message of Substitute House Bill 26 that was disapproved in part by Governor John R. Kasich on March 31, 2017.





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