State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) announced the passage of legislation that would provide the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) with additional appropriations.

Senate Bill 315 authorizes a total of $684 million in new funding to be used for highway construction projects, public transportation initiatives, and bond funds through the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC). The funds are made available through three sources of revenue, including federal funds by the United States Department of Transportation and the sale of bonds by OTIC.

“Senate Bill 315 will create new jobs,” Rep. Anielski said.  “Most importantly, improvements of road infrastructure, including the installation of vandalism fencing, will enhance the safety for Ohioans all across our state.” 

A significant portion of the funding is intended to expedite four major highway construction projects throughout the state, including:

• Interstate-76/77 interchange with Main and Broadway streets in Akron
• I-271 from the I-480/State Route interchange north to the I-480/U.S. Route 22 interchange
• I-77 from the Ohio Turnpike north to Oakes Road in Brecksville
• Interchange ramps at I-680 and SR 164

The bill also includes an emergency clause, which would allow ODOT to access the funds for this upcoming construction season.

Senate Bill 315 now awaits the Governor’s consideration.

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