Transportation

July Third is one of the biggest travel days of the year and there’s good news and bad news for Ohio motorists.

Monday’s sudden snowfall is to blame for several traffic pileups on the highways in southwest Ohio and as WYSO’s Emily McCord reports the cold weather can also contribute to hazardous driving conditions.

The development of the railroad system in America was instrumental in the expansion of the nation that took place during the 19th Century. Without the railroads things might have turned out rather differently.

Christian Wolmar has written extensively about railroads. In "The Great Railroad Revolution," Wolmar's scintillating history of the development of the railroad system in America, readers will discover how this crucial expansion of railroads took place.

Federal officials have estimated damage caused by a train derailment and explosion in central Ohio this month to be about $1.2 million.

The estimated cost was part of a brief preliminary report released Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. The agency is looking into what caused the July 11 derailment on Norfolk Southern Corp. tracks north of downtown Columbus.

The accident derailed 17 cars and caused a fire that burned for hours. Two people suffered minor injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the train derailment in Columbus yesterday. Most of the people who were evacuated yesterday have returned to their homes.

National Transportation Safety Board Member Earl Waynur says the train appeared to have a clear signal when it went into the area where cars derailed.  And Waynur says preliminary reports show speed was not a factor.

The State Highway Patrol says the number of crashes reported along the Ohio Turnpike increased about 5 percent during the first year of its higher 70 mph speed limit compared with the previous year.

The speed limit for the 241-mile toll road increased from 65 mph to 70 mph in April 2011.

There were 2,539 crashes from April 2011 to March 2012. That's 134 more crashes than the number reported from April 2010 to March 2011.

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The speed limit for cars and trucks on Ohio's interstate highways would increase from 65 mph to 70 mph under a bill passed by a House committee.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's highway department says 14 companies are bidding to help guide the state with the possible lease of the Ohio Turnpike.

Gov. John Kasich said earlier this month that he wants to hire a team of private consultants to help the state determine how to get the best financial bang from the turnpike.

Ohio's Department of Transportation says bids came from 14 companies, including investment banks and law firms from across the country.

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