To the Editor: Ohio Turnpike funds go for other road projects
Written by Donald Staczek   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:25
The Ohio Turnpike Commission has done it again, finding another way to take more money out of our pockets.
The latest news that the Commission is going to fund $930M in road projects in Ohio that have nothing to do with the turnpike itself. And this money is going to come from borrowing money that will be backed by future toll collections! Why?
The OTC has done nothing but increase tolls ever since the original debt to build the road was paid off years ago. We were promised by the original OTC that when the construction debt was paid off it would be a toll free road. NOT! They not only kept the tolls, which I would have been in favor of to help maintain and improve the road, they increased the tolls, using the maintain and improve the road argument.
What happened to the money that was used to pay off the original debt? Were not those funds now/then available to maintain and improve the roads without increasing tolls? Certainly there were funds available way back then that paid to maintain and improve the road while the original debt was being paid off. Where did those funds disappear to?
This latest proposal to pay for area roads with turnpike money that does not exist yet is a foolish idea. One reason that I have heard is that because trucks and cars have moved off the turnpike onto side roads - because of higher tolls - those side roads are deteriorating faster than they should have, so the OTC should help pay for them. Not! Just lower the tolls and let the trucks and cars return to the turnpike.
Before the original debt was paid off the turnpike was always known as a well maintained road. It should have been able to stay that way once the debt was paid off.
Let's get the OTC back to a more responsible body of thinkers and make decision that are related to the turnpike only and not roads 5, 10 or 20 miles away.
Donald Staczek
Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:26

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