NE Ohio group opposes Kasich plan to sell, lease Ohio Turnpike

Associated Press


Officials on a five-county planning body in northeast Ohio have come out against Gov. John Kasich’s idea to lease or sell the Ohio Turnpike.

Board members of the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency voted Friday to oppose the idea of leasing the 241-mile toll road across northern Ohio, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported.

The board includes mayors, county commissioner and engineers from Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Lake and Geauga counties. The agency performs transportation planning, as defined by federal and Ohio mandates, among other related duties.

A resolution by the board says turning over the turnpike to private operator would lead to higher tolls and less upkeep. The board believes a deal would also lead toll-dodging drivers to take alternative routes, making those roads less safe and more costly to maintain.

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