Daily News Briefs, May 19, 2022

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Ohio Lawmakers Pass Highway Spending Bill With Provision For Reciprocal Toll Enforcement

Cleveland.com reports, the Ohio legislature yesterday passed and sent to the governor  HB 338, a wide-ranging transportation bill. Among other things, the measure approves state spending of nearly $700 million in IIJA funds; authorizes ODOT’s director to award up to $1.5 billion in design-build contracts for Brent Spence Bridge Corridor project; and “allows Ohio to enter into agreements with other states to enforce penalties for toll violations by out-of-state drivers.” Almost $673 million of the federal funding is allocated for highway projects. As for the Brent Spence project, “ODOT wants to hire a management team for Ohio and Kentucky’s $2.8 billion plan to renovate the nearly 60-year-old bridge over the Ohio River. . . . Ohio and Kentucky officials said they would apply for federal funding for the bridge by early next week, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier.”

Brent Spence Bridge (Cincinnati OH-Northern KY) Infrastructure Investment Trends Ohio Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission Toll Enforcement Reciprocity US Gov't Transportation Funding US Infrastructure Funding And Financing Initiatives


Proposed Dulles Toll Road Rate Increase Would Help Fund Metrorail Project

The Washington Post reports, “Dulles Toll Road users could see tolls rise to $6 starting in January under a proposal being considered by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority’s board of directors. Drivers who exit the road now pay $4.75. . . . Under the new proposal, rates would increase by $1.25, rising 75 cents at the main toll plaza and 50 cents at off-ramps. It would be the first rate increase since 2019. The additional revenue would be used to pay for construction of the $5.8 billion Silver Line rail project. Though Fairfax and Loudoun counties and MWAA are contributing to the project, toll road users are paying nearly half the cost of the rail extension.” The article notes, “At least two lawsuits have challenged using the toll money for the 23.1-mile Silver Line, but none has succeeded in blocking the funding plan. In addition to funding the Silver Line, tolls also are used to maintain the road.” (TRN inserted and deleted links.)

Dulles Toll Road Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Toll Rate Changes Transit and Toll Roads Virginia Washington (DC) Metro Region


These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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