|Turnpike panel expected to raise tolls|
|Written by Associated Press|
|Monday, 15 July 2013 08:15|
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The commission overseeing the Ohio Turnpike is considering a proposal to raise tolls by 2.7 percent beginning Jan. 1.
It would be the first of 10 annual increases to pay for big-ticket road and bridge projects in northern Ohio.
For motorists driving across the turnpike with E-ZPass, tolls would rise 25 cents to $11.50. After 10 years, it would $14.75.
The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission meets Monday, when it is also is expected to authorize $1 billion in bonds that those higher tolls will help pay for.
Gov. John Kasich pushed for the toll-hike plan to move along big projects that have been delayed for years. The investment in infrastructure is expected to generate tens of thousands of jobs.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.
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