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And coming soon to Ohio…….

 

 

Drop in traffic on area highways forces review of plans

 

By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer

POSTED: March 10, 2014

 

Before beginning a $2.5 billion project to widen the New Jersey Turnpike, turnpike officials said the construction was necessary to reduce existing congestion and to cope with future traffic.

 

"Turnpike traffic is on the rise," the state Turnpike Authority said in its justification for the project. "By 2032 northbound traffic volume is expected to increase by nearly 68 percent [above 2005 levels]; southbound traffic is forecasted to increase by 92 percent."

 

Now, one-third of the way through that 27-year forecast, turnpike traffic is actually about 10 percent lower than it was in 2005.

 

 

Read more at: http://articles.philly.com/2014-03-10/news/48055048_1_bridge-traffic-turnpike-traffic-pennsylvania-turnpike-commission

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Bad day on the Ohio Turnpike.....

 

Ohio Turnpike ‏@OhioTurnpike  4m4 minutes ago

*ALERT UPDATE* Accident cleared @ #OHTPK MP 148WB (Lorain Co). Traffic backup is 4.5 miles long. (LL remains closed for construction.)

 

Ohio Turnpike @OhioTurnpike  ·  6h 6 hours ago

*ALERT UPDATE* Backup 2 miles @ #OHTPK MP 194.5WB (Portage Co) due to earlier accident -right lane remains closed. Consider alternate route.

 

Ohio Turnpike @OhioTurnpike  ·  8h 8 hours ago

*ALERT UPDATE* Life Flight has landed, all lanes closed @ #OHTPK MP 194.5WB (Portage Co). Traffic backup is 2 miles.


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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5/4/2015

Lawsuit claims Ohio Turnpike toll increase violates commerce clause

By David Tanner, Land Line senior editor

 

A plaintiff in Ohio claims the state’s turnpike commission has violated the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution by using funds from a 2014 toll increase to pay for projects unrelated to turnpike functions.

 

Motorist and turnpike user Melissa Ullmo is listed as the plaintiff. She is a Cuyahoga County resident. Ullmo filed a complaint seeking class action status against the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission in the Court of Common Pleas in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, on April 27.

 

According to the lawsuit, Ullmo claims that $930 million in turnpike funds from the Jan. 1, 2014, toll increase are marked for non-turnpike functions.

 

For example, Ullmo cites $39 million in turnpike funds marked for the Opportunity Corridor in Cleveland, a landscaped urban boulevard with bike and pedestrian paths.

 

- See more at: http://www.landlinemag.com/Story.aspx?StoryID=28985#.VUjYco5VhBc


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Ohio Turnpike breaks record for traffic volume

By James Ewinger, The Plain Dealer

on January 19, 2016 at 1:54 PM, updated January 19, 2016 at 2:25 PM

 

BEREA, Ohio -- More vehicles used the Ohio Turnpike last year than any other year in its 60-year history.

 

Around 53.4 million vehicles, the 2015 mark, bests the previous record from 2006, which was 51.8 million.

 

In 2015, the Turnpike also recorded the second-most number of vehicle miles traveled in its history with over 3 billion vehicle miles traveled, according to a news release.

 

MORE:

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/01/ohio_turnpike_breaks_record_fo.html#incart_river_index


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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OK, so I still have never gotten over the removal of the OHIO TURNPIKE neon letters at the turnpike gates. And I loved how the old gates were subtle different shades of green on different surfaces. It was classic modern highway design. Like National Park signs.

 

But has anyone noticed that the (at least historical) designation of WESTGATE at the Indiana border and EASTGATE at the PA Border is now seemingly gone. I noticed that WESTGATE is now even more boringly called EXIT 2.  Seriously, just when you thought Ohio couldn't get more characterless. I know its petty, but that kind of stuff bugs me.

 

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Well, I grew up a quarter-mile from Exit 9, which was called North Olmsted-Cleveland, even though the exit was in North Ridgeville. But it appears that nationwide, exits are being numbered by mileage now, rather than names, which at least gives you a sense of how much you have to go.

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