Ohio toll increase approved

OHIO-TURNPIKE

BEREA, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Turnpike tolls will rise 2.7 percent next year, or a minimum of 25 cents for drivers going the length of the 241-mile turnpike.

The turnpike commission voted Monday to approve the increase effective Jan. 1. It would be the first of 10 annual increases to pay for highway and bridge projects in northern Ohio.

For motorists using E-ZPass, cross-state tolls would rise 25 cents to $11.50. After 10 years, it would be $14.75. The cross-state toll for truckers using E-ZPass would rise $1 to $36 next year. After a decade, the toll would be $45.75.

Motorists and truckers using cash or credit cards would pay more. Cross-state tolls for cars would increase 50 cents to $17 on Jan. 1.

The increase will back $1 billion in bonds to help pay for northern Ohio road projects. About $70 million will go towards the replacement of the turnpike’s 60-year-old concrete base. The total cost of the projects is $1.2 billion.

The proposed toll increase will be in effect from 2014 through 2023.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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