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Ohio House Approves Historic State Transportation Budget

March 30, 2023
Marilyn S. John News

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COLUMBUS—The Ohio House of Representatives yesterday passed House Bill 23, the historic state transportation budget for fiscal years 2024-25, State Rep. Marilyn John (R-Richland County). 

As a result of this legislation, the state will invest $13.5 billion in Ohio’s transportation system over the next two years, the largest infrastructure investment in Ohio’s history. 

“This historic budget promotes job growth and infrastructure development throughout Ohio,” said John. “I am pleased to have voted in favor of this important legislation.”

The State’s transportation budget allocates funds for the Department of Transportation’s infrastructure maintenance and improvement plans over the next two years as well as makes other permanent law changes.

Key components of the bill are as follows:

Funds $2.2 billion for pavement, $717 million for bridges, $360 million for dedicated safety upgrades, and $1.5 billion for large, capacity adding projects such as reconfiguring urban interstates.

Provides reliable transportation routes for workers in rural parts of the state who otherwise might be forced to relocate in order to gain employment.

Invests $15 million to establish the Ohio Workforce Mobility Partnership Program, which allows one or more regional transit authorities (RTA) to work together to provide service for the workforce between the territories and supporting the employment needs of economically significant employment centers.

House Bill 23 awaits the Governor’s signature.