Transportation plan to direct $470M to SW Ohio

COLUMBUS, OH (AP/FOX19) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich is laying out the state's plan to speed up highway and bridge construction projects across Ohio.

Money from the sale of Ohio Turnpike bonds will go toward 27 transportation projects in the northern half of the state over the next two years. Another 14 projects in central and southern Ohio also are being moved ahead, too.

All told, it's about $3 billion in road projects. Of that, about $470 million is coming for four projects in southwest Ohio.

According to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, $107 million will fund the Martin Luther King Interchange Modification Project.

Additionally, $363.3 million is allocated for three projects on the Interstate 75 corridor.

The recommendations must be approved by Ohio's Transportation Review Advisory Council.

The state says many of the projects would have been delayed for years or decades without the turnpike money.

Lawmakers earlier this year signed off on the governor's proposal to raise money for state highway projects through turnpike bonds.

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