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    johnwirtz
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    News said:
    Ohio Supreme Court rejects nonhighway use of fuel taxes
    By Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    Associated Press
    Published: December 8, 2012

    COLUMBUS: Taking money collected on gasoline sales by the state’s updated business tax and spending it on anything but highway-related programs is unconstitutional, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Friday as it accepted arguments that the tax is wrongly diverting $140 million annually from fuel sales to nonroadwork accounts for schools and cities.

    READ MORE: http://www.ohio.com/business/ohio-supreme-court-rejects-nonhighway-use-of-fuel-taxes-1.356502

    Interesting that this didn’t discuss the use of the money for transit at all. The federal gov’t spends 20% of it’s motor fuel tax revenue on transit.

    #428020

    GCrites80s
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    I thought it was only 15.5%:

    http://drivesteady.com/where-do-gas-taxes-go

    #428021

    johnwirtz
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    #428022

    tt342998
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    johnwirtz said:
    Interesting that this didn’t discuss the use of the money for transit at all. The federal gov’t spends 20% of it’s motor fuel tax revenue on transit.

    My thought would be it is a state tax only and must follow the Ohio Constitution, which prohibits the use of state generated fuel taxes on anything but roadway facilities. That was essentially the case presented by the contractors and county engineers.

    #428023

    johnwirtz
    Participant

    tt342998 said:
    My thought would be it is a state tax only and must follow the Ohio Constitution, which prohibits the use of state generated fuel taxes on anything but roadway facilities. That was essentially the case presented by the contractors and county engineers.

    That’s right. Forgot about that clause. Surprising that isn’t mentioned though.

    #428024

    News
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    The Next Generation DOT
    by Charles Marohn on 04 Jan 2013

    While on an individual level it is clear that today’s transportation agencies are filled with people who are professional and want to do the right thing, the institutional inertia is carrying them in wayward directions.

    READ MORE: http://bettercities.net/news-opinion/blogs/charles-marohn/19305/next-generation-dot

    #428025

    News
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    The State DOT Revolving Door: Meet Jerry Wray, Ohio’s “Asphalt Sheriff”
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    by Angie Schmitt

    One of the top goals of the national transportation reform movement is to get state DOTs to spend their money more wisely. The feds distribute tens of billions of dollars to state DOTs each year with very few strings attached. But for every state like Massachusetts or Tennessee that’s decided to shift toward building walkable streets and away from highway construction, there are plenty of state DOTs that continue to build very expensive, sprawl-inducing roads, even though they can’t afford to maintain what they already have.

    READ MORE: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/01/29/the-state-dot-revolving-door-meet-jerry-wray-ohios-asphalt-sheriff/

    #428026

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    Ohio fails to show improvement in latest infrastructure report card
    Mar 25, 2013, 10:45am EDT
    John Yung, UrbanCincy.com, Courier contributor

    We take for granted that bridges, roads, highways, water treatment facilities and dams will function as expected and take us to where we need to go. But our nation’s aging infrastructure has long been in decline as money is diverted from maintenance to construction of new projects, many times for politicians eager for the photo op of a ribbon-cutting event.

    READ MORE: http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2013/03/25/ohio-fails-to-show-improvement-in.html?page=all

    #428027

    News
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    ODOT Doubles Salt Usage
    March 25, 2013
    by Mandie Trimble
    89.7 NPR News Reporter

    The Ohio Department of Transportation has used more than 66,000 tons of salt on Central Ohio roadways this winter. O-DOT’s Breanna Watzka said that’s almost double compared to last year.

    READ MORE: http://wosu.org/2012/news/2013/03/25/odot-doubles-salt-usage/

    #428028

    News
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    ODOT Adding Turn Lanes To Reduce Congestion At U.S. 23, S.R. 750
    Monday March 25, 2013 5:32 PM

    LEWIS CENTER, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Transportation is adding turn lanes to help traffic heading toward the Polaris area. According to ODOT, turn lanes will be added from U.S. Route 23 south to state Route 750 east. When the project is completed, there will be two turn lanes.

    READ MORE: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2013/03/25/lewis-center-odot-adding-turn-lanes-at-us23-state-route-750.html

    #428029
    Caleb
    Caleb
    Participant

    Hahah, investment yet our roads are still in poor condition…

    #428030
    Caleb
    Caleb
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    APWA presents ODOT with Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award 2013
    AMANDA BAYHI

    The American Public Works Association (APWA) has given the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) its Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award for 2013.

    ODOT is the first state department of transportation in the country to receive the award.

    The APWA selected ODOT because of the agency’s snow and ice removal on 43,000 miles of highways, using 1,600 snow plows, 3,000 employees and more than 650,000 tons of salt stored at 200 locations around the state.

    READ MORE: http://www.betterroads.com/apwa-presents-odot-with-excellence-in-snow-and-ice-control-award-2013/

    #428031

    AlanBarber
    Participant

    So this is their plan for redoing the Roberts Road interchange that’s supposed to start construction in May.

    It’s called a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) and it does some crazy switch over on the bridges that they claim will reduce congestion since it removes the need for dedicated signal time for turn lanes.

    http://www.dot.state.oh.us/districts/D06/projects/270Roberts/Pages/default.aspx

    #428032

    johnwirtz
    Participant

    DDIs can make a lot of sense where there are a lot of left turns to and from ramps. As long as it’s signed well, you’ll barely notice the crossover as a driver. It can be tricky to accommodate pedestrians though. Many DDIs put the peds on a median sidewalk.

    #428033
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    I’ve never heard anyone use “pedestrians” and “Roberts Road” in the same sentence.

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