State Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville) today announced that the Ohio Senate has placed the final seal of approval on the state transportation budget today after passing the Conference Committee Report for House Bill 51. Many key Senate amendments remained a part of the bill, which will now proceed to the Governor’s desk for his signature.

“This jobs bill contains the funding to modernize the state’s infrastructure and create tens of thousands of jobs in the process,” said Manning, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee. “I am also pleased that my fellow committee members agreed with me by approving the Nexus provision to ensure at least 90 percent of the money earned from Turnpike bonds will be spent on northern Ohio roads.”

The Turnpike Plan, which authorizes the sale of $1.5 billion in bonds against the Ohio Turnpike was retained by the conference committee and will fund a vast array of new infrastructure projects across the state in the coming biennium.

As with the original senate-passed version of the bill, the legislation received bipartisan support.

Some key components being presented for the Governor’s consideration include:

  • Permitting the bonding of the Ohio Turnpike up to $1.5 billion
  • The Nexus provision, which ensures that 90 percent of the money raised through turnpike bonding will be spend on northern Ohio projects
  • Increasing the highway speed to 70 miles per hour, outside urban areas
  • Lowering the late fee for vehicle registration from $20 to $10
  • Allowing for the multi-year registration of certain vehicles
  • Requiring a stop sign (or yield sign, at the discretion of ODOT) at all railroad crossings where passive warning devices (lights or gates) do not exist.
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