A sign for discounted E85 ethanol fuel. A requirement for alternative fuels in state vehicles has been removed from the Ohio Department of Transportation budget. gas cars
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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) budget signed last week includes a change for the state’s vehicle fleet: the budget cuts out a requirement on alternative fuels that had been in place for most of a decade.

The ODOT budget eliminates the 2006 requirement to use a certain amount of ethanol and biodiesel in state vehicles. It’s about time, says Greg Lawson with the conservative think tank the Buckeye Institute.

This afternoon in Springfield the Ohio Department of Transportation will host an open meeting aimed at helping Ohio's publicly owned airports make their dollars go farther. In 2012, the Federal Aviation Association gave nearly $26 million and ODOT provided close to $725,000 in grant to Ohio's 97  public airports.

The state agency says that money didn't address all the needs of those airports.

Springfield's Director of Economic Development, Tom Franzen, feels airports could receive even less funding in the future.

SPRINGFIELD - The Ohio Department of Transportation has awarded the city of Springfield $300,000 in grant money to be used for the upkeep of the city's buses and bus shelters. The funds are part of a $14 million investment the state is making to 19 different city transit systems across Ohio.

Joseph Lee Novak

Ohiohas launched its $1.8 billion road construction season for 2012 involving about 800 projects to preserve existing roadways and bridges.

Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jerry Wray announced the plans Tuesday, noting $1.6 billion more is needed for additional phases of 35 major new expansion projects.

The department says the 800 projects include resurfacing 3,700 miles of interstate and state routes and repairs or upgrades to several bridges, culverts, guardrails, interchanges and hillsides.