Ohio Gov. John Kasich says Ohio will invest $120 million to repair and replace more than 200 county and city-owned bridges over the next three years.
Kasich says the funds became available from ODOT's successful efforts to overhaul highway funding by reducing overhead costs and improving efficiency.
Some states may want to take a close look at how ODOT operations yielded significant money because we're not talking nickels and dimes...
“When we took office Ohio faced not only an $8 billion shortfall in our general budget but also a $1.6 billion shortfall in our highway budget,” Kasich said.
“ODOT tightened its own belt, freed up more than $600 million and then Ohio leveraged the turnpike to generate an additional $1.5 billion, which grows to $3 billion when paired with federal and local funds.
Kasich added, "That innovative thinking and that careful management of our resources is why we can do this $120 million program to help counties and cities meet their bridge needs. In the past ODOT hasn’t really helped counties or cities address these kinds of needs but fortunately we’re in a strong enough position now that we can and we will.”
Incredibly, Ohio has 44,000 bridges, the second-highest number in the nation behind Texas. According to some reports, the condition of Ohio’s bridges are better than the national average but many bridges are waiting for much-needed repairs.
Here's a list of the first 40 bridges that are scheduled for repair in 2014:
Ohio Bridge Partnership.