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Ohio plans to take advantage of the busy holiday travel season to warn drivers about the growing problem of drugged driving. It's a joint effort of the State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Transportation. The agencies will use the state's 130 freeway message signs, as well as additional portable highway signs, to display driver alerts on the rising number of drugged-driving crashes. The signs also will advertise Republican Gov . John Kasich's Start Talking initiative, which...

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. “We think mandates, as a general matter, are bad things to do,” said...

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...

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 citys 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.

Springfields City Area Transit System will use its $300,000 for preventative maintenance on buses and upgrades to bus shelters. City Finance Director Mark Beckdahl says at least $220,000 of...

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...