On the right, Senator Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) and on the left, Senator Capri Cafaro (D-Hubbard) look on as Governor Kasich signs House Bill 51

State Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville) today announced that Governor John Kasich has signed the state transportation budget into law. The budget, contained in House Bill 51, was approved in March by the Senate Transportation Committee, which Manning chairs.

“Through the bonding of the Ohio Turnpike, we will collect up to $3 billion for infrastructure projects, with more than 90 percent of that investment being made in Northern Ohio,” said Manning. “This investment in Ohio roads will create up to 65,000 jobs and literally pave the way for new economic growth and business expansion.”

The bill appropriates $7.6 million to fund the Ohio Departments of Public Safety and Transportation for the coming two-year period. With his signature, the Governor also approved a plan that will allow $1.5 billion in bonds to be issued on the Ohio Turnpike. Combined with federal and local matching dollars, this money will contribute extensively to infrastructure projects in northern Ohio and across the state.

Some key components approved by the legislature and the Governor 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 spent 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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