State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Independence) this week received a commitment from the Ohio Department of Transportation that mitigating Ohio turnpike noise in suburban communities will be one of the first projects undertaken if the state’s toll road issues new bonds.

House Bill 51, during the Ohio House of Representative’s legislative session on Thursday, received bipartisan support to provide legislative guardrails to ensure Turnpike bond revenues will be used on projects that have a nexus to the toll road.

As a member of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriations, Rep. Anielski was concerned about the transportation portion of the executive budget, and posed questions to ODOT Director Jerry Wray and the Ohio Turnpike Commission Executive Director Rick Hodges about the use of funds resulting from the potential issuance of new turnpike bonds for noise mitigation devices at appropriate locations along the toll road. The Turnpike runs through Broadview Heights and Brecksville, which is part of the 6th House District, which is covered by Rep Anielski. As a result, the directors made written noise mitigation commitments to the 6th District.

"One of the top priorities of the Ohio Department of Transportation is to work with those local jurisdictions that are affected by the Ohio Turnpike with their transportation infrastructure needs including, but not limited to, bridges, bridge embankments, noise mitigation and drainage issues,” said Director Jerry Wray. “The Department will develop a plan over the next one to two years to address these issues.”

"In the spirit of Governor Kasich's Ohio Jobs and Transportation plan, the Ohio Turnpike Commission is committed to it's expanded role as a part of the state's transportation infrastructure," Executive Director Rick Hodges said.

“I am extremely pleased to have the commitments of the Directors to address noise mitigations in my district. As many of my residents have been subjected to this nuisance, we finally have a solution," Rep Anielski said. "I remain committed to working with the departments in addressing the quality of life issue for my constituents."

House Bill 51 will now move to the Senate for further consideration.

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