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December 10, 2012 7:15 pm at 7:15 pm #428019
Ohio Supreme Court rejects nonhighway use of fuel taxes
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins
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.December 10, 2012 8:41 pm at 8:41 pm #428020December 10, 2012 9:04 pm at 9:04 pm #428021
I thought it was only 15.5%:
AASHTO and every other source I could find say it’s roughly an 80/20 split:
http://mobilitylab.org/2012/07/25/federal-transportation-bill-funds-at-static-8020-highwaytransit-split/December 10, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm #428022
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.December 10, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm #428023
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.January 7, 2013 5:29 pm at 5:29 pm #428024
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.January 30, 2013 4:29 pm at 4:29 pm #428025
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/March 26, 2013 4:26 pm at 4:26 pm #428026
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=allMarch 26, 2013 4:32 pm at 4:32 pm #428027
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/March 26, 2013 4:32 pm at 4:32 pm #428028
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.htmlMarch 26, 2013 7:03 pm at 7:03 pm #428029
Hahah, investment yet our roads are still in poor condition…April 5, 2013 9:42 pm at 9:42 pm #428030
APWA presents ODOT with Excellence in Snow and Ice Control Award 2013
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.April 11, 2013 1:22 pm at 1:22 pm #428031
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.April 11, 2013 1:59 pm at 1:59 pm #428032
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.April 11, 2013 2:58 pm at 2:58 pm #428033
I’ve never heard anyone use “pedestrians” and “Roberts Road” in the same sentence.
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