Make Your Voice Heard On Transportation Plan
By Rep. Robert Sprague (R-Findlay)

Although working on various pieces of legislation takes a great deal of time, one of the most important responsibilities as a state representative is to be a liaison between the people I represent and state government. When a state-related issue is causing you trouble, or you need to know your options while in a particular situation, I can contact the appropriate government agency on your behalf and help you navigate your way through the bureaucracy in order to find a solution.

In addition, when one of our state agencies announces information that will play a role in your life, I believe that it is important for me to make you aware of what is taking place. In the previous weeks, I have strived to let those in the 83rd House District know about the widening of Interstate 75 that will be taking place this spring—a project of the Ohio Department of Transportation that was recently approved for $193 million in funding.

This is a construction project that will be very beneficial to our local and state economy. I’m glad that the State of Ohio places such a high emphasis on getting people and goods where they need to be in a timely manner. In fact, transportation projects are usually planned out years in advance. This careful planning helps us to gauge where construction will be most needed, avoid any hiccups with the project, and aim to be as convenient as possible for Ohioans.

Just recently, the Ohio Department of Transportation announced updates to Ohio’s long-range transportation plan called Access Ohio 2040. The plan offers important recommendations for future projects and can be viewed at The website also allows you to make comments about the plan. You can also do so by visiting a number of locations, including the Hancock County Regional Planning Commission, the Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission, or the ODOT district offices in Lima or Bowling Green.

Meanwhile, the Ohio Turnpike is also interested in hearing from the public. This toll road plays a vital role in Ohio’s economy and transportation system, especially for those of us in northern Ohio. In order to improve the travel experience of Ohioans, the Turnpike is offering an online survey. The questions range from why you may or may not prefer to take the Turnpike to why some customers would rather pay cash than use an E-ZPass. Access the survey at

I encourage you to make your voice heard on any or all of these transportation issues. When the state plans to make improvements to various roadways, it does so as a service to its residents like you. Your opinion is important in order to make sure that we are doing things the right way and in a way that will be beneficial for you and your family.

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