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  • #427944

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    ODOT may add more cable barriers to highways
    By Robert Vitale
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Monday February 13, 2012 7:11 AM

    Nearly a decade after the state began stringing cable barriers along 300 miles of Ohio highways, state transportation officials are considering expanding their reliance on the lifesaving features. Another 136 miles of heavily traveled interstate and state highways will be reviewed by Ohio Department of Transportation engineers as potential locations for cable fencing designed to keep vehicles from crossing a median into oncoming traffic.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/02/13/cable-barriers-a-success-more-may-be-on-way.html

    #427945

    columbusmike
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    That’s $12.9 million dollars for a cable barrier.

    #427946

    leftovers
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    columbusmike said:
    That’s $12.9 million dollars for a cable barrier.

    Probably little known, but cable barriers are one of the cheapest, most effective ways of saving lives. According to insurance inury and loss of life tables if the money spent on airbags were put into things like cable barriers far more injuries and deaths would be avoided.

    Unfortunately it is often easier to sell and mandate personal safety devices than public ones.

    #427947

    columbusmike
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    leftovers said:
    Probably little known, but cable barriers are one of the cheapest, most effective ways of saving lives. According to insurance inury and loss of life tables if the money spent on airbags were put into things like cable barriers far more injuries and deaths would be avoided.

    Unfortunately it is often easier to sell and mandate personal safety devices than public ones.

    Interesting. Someone should provide a statistic on how many lives would be saved if we used more rail ;)

    #427948

    johnwirtz
    Participant

    columbusmike said:
    That’s $12.9 million dollars for a cable barrier.

    136 miles of cable barriers, and it would only have to save about 4-5 lives to be cost effective.

    #427949

    johnwirtz
    Participant

    columbusmike said:
    Interesting. Someone should provide a statistic on how many lives would be saved if we used more rail ;)

    We could probably do the math using these stats:
    http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/html/table_02_01.html

    #427950

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    Ohio sends hundreds of millions in gas-tax money to other states
    By Robert Vitale
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Monday February 20, 2012 6:24 AM

    Work on I-71 on the northeastern edge of Downtown is under way, but other Innerbelt projects are to be delayed for lack of funding. In the past decade, Ohio has sent $1.5 billion in gas taxes out of state. Ohio might not face such lengthy delays in sorely needed highway upgrades if the state received a better return on the money its residents pay in federal gasoline taxes.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/02/20/donor-state.html

    #427951

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    Highway bill amendments could help ODOT’s bottom line
    By: Robert Vitale
    The Columbus Dispatch
    March 13, 2012 16:03 PM

    The U.S. Senate is considering amendments today to a two-year, $109 billion transportation bill that has divided lawmakers and the White House since 2009. Two proposals the should come up for a vote address issues that have been raised during discussion of ODOT’s plan to delay 34 major highway projects for up to 19 years. The state has more plans than money right now, officials have said.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/blogs/crawlumbus/2012/03/portman-amend.html

    #427952

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    ODOT hopes branding is way to drive new revenue
    By Robert Vitale
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Friday March 16, 2012 7:53 AM

    Director Jerry Wray said yesterday that ODOT will study the idea of selling naming rights and sponsorships for 49,000 miles of Ohio highways. The concept could raise as much as $15 million a year for the cash-strapped agency and wipe $10 million in maintenance costs off the books, he said.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/03/16/odot-hopes-branding-is-way-to-drive-new-revenue.html

    #427953
    Caleb
    Caleb
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    Column: Ohio’s $1.6 billion highway budget shortfall
    by Jerry Wray
    Dayton Business Journal
    Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 1:33pm

    Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. Our state’s economy — especially our agriculture and manufacturing businesses, and the logistics operations that support them — depend on the ability to quickly and efficiently ship raw materials and finished goods throughout Ohio, the country and the world, and our state’s transportation system makes it possible.

    This critical economic engine risks running out of gas. Funding for our highways is drying up and is not projected to keep up with our needs. In fact, the state’s highway budget faces a $1.6 billion shortfall, which will force high-priority projects to face serious completion delays.

    READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/dayton/news/2012/03/06/column-ohios-16-billion-highway.html

    #427954

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    ODOT chief updates panels on roads, money
    By David Eggert
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Thursday March 29, 2012 4:56 AM

    Ohio’s roads chief sought to reassure lawmakers yesterday by saying there is still time to raise money to avoid lengthy delays in major construction projects across the state. “Nothing has been lost until approximately 2014. We’re OK until then,” Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray said during a legislative hearing. “That is when things begin to fall off the table. We’re assuming that by then we will solve this problem.”

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/03/29/odot-chief-updates-panels-on-roads-money.html

    #427955

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    April 3, 2012 — 10:00 am
    Future of Transportation Funding in Ohio and the Nation

    Congress, among rising gas prices and transportation funding declines, has been unable to pass a 5 or 6 year Federal Transportation Bill that could open up more options and perhaps bring more predictability to the funding of how we move people and goods. How is the lack of a long-term bill having an impact? Guest host Stu Nicholson will discuss this and more on this hour of “All Sides.”

    READ MORE: http://beta.wosu.org/allsides/future-of-transportation-funding-in-ohio-and-the-nation/

    #427956

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    Despite lack of funding, MORPC lists $6.6 billion in highway projects
    By Robert Vitale
    The Columbus Dispatch
    Tuesday April 3, 2012 7:01 AM

    Some day — later rather than sooner, unless Ohio finds new ways to pay for it — Columbus’ Downtown highway makeover will be completed. What then? According to a regional plan that sets road-building priorities for the next two decades, attention will shift to the Outerbelt and beyond as central Ohio absorbs nearly 500,000 additional residents.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012/04/03/morpc-lists-6-6-billion-in-projects.html

    #427957

    johnwirtz
    Participant

    Keep on sprawling. No need for walkable development clustered around transit stations.

    #427958
    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
    Keymaster

    yeah, that whole list is gross.

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