Transportation chief says Ohio must find funding


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The head of the Ohio Department of Transportation says the state has no choice but to find alternative revenue sources to pay for necessary highway and bridge projects.

The Blade in Toledo ( ) reports ODOT Director Jerry Wray spoke Friday to several hundred planners and government leaders at a regional transportation summit. He called Ohio "a national leader in logistics" but said the infrastructure improvements needed to maintain that status are not optional and not inexpensive.

Wray was joined by James Riley, the man leading ODOT's effort to find alternative funding for transportation projects. They emphasized that the ongoing study of the Ohio Turnpike doesn't have a foregone outcome. Riley says privatizing the 241-mile toll road wouldn't necessarily mean toll increases, partly because the state could limit rate hikes.


Information from: The Blade,