In 2002, when I testified before the Transportation Review & Advisory Committee (TRAC) concerning the critical importance of widening Route 161 in western Licking County, my testimony centered around a couple of important themes. At this time a decade ago, 161 was rated an ‘F’ on level of service from the State of Ohio. The 15-mile stretch of two-line highway was a significant and serious safety hazard for motorists traveling this east-west corridor in Licking County. Impatient drivers traveling behind slower-moving vehicles often attempted to pass and created near-miss, head-on collisions and, in many instances, actual accidents.
State Representatives Bill Hayes (R-Harrison Twp.) and Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) recently introduced legislation that would give school districts in Ohio greater ability to keep students safe and address dangerous behavior among students.
State Representative Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) has announced that the State Controlling Board has approved the transfer of $900,000 to support a construction project at The Ohio State University’s Newark Campus.