- Associated Press - Friday, April 11, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - State transportation officials say they are spending a record $2.5 billion on road construction projects this year.

The Ohio Department of Transportation announced the plan for 936 projects Thursday for this year’s construction season.

The agency said the projects will be partially paid for with $1.5 billion produced by the Ohio Turnpike. Another $600 million in savings from the agency’s operational budget have helped put several delayed projects back on track. Much of that work will begin this year.

The work includes five different projects along the Turnpike, including construction of Cleveland’s eastbound George V. Voinovich Bridge, reconstruction of State Route 57 in Lorain County, and widening of Interstate 271 in northern Summit County.


Projects also include major work on Interstate 71 and Interstate 75 throughout the state, and pavement replacement on I-90 in Ashtabula County.

Ohio Department of Transportation director Jerry Wray tells The Columbus Dispatch that “we are working at capacity.”

“Ohio is leading the Midwest in job creation over the past three years and our highways are critical to our ability to keep our job creation momentum,” Gov. John Kasich said. “By thinking creatively, we were able to develop a solution that will allow us to move ahead sooner with some key projects across the state and as a result, the future of our roadways is much better than it was a few years ago.”

Details of projects can be found at http://bit.ly/1ghpv96 .