Judge tosses most of Ohio Turnpike funding suit

Ohio Turnpike tollgate, Aug. 25, 2015

BEREA, Ohio (WKBN) – A lawsuit that challenged the use of Ohio Turnpike toll money to pay for non-turnpike road projects was thrown out by a federal judge on Tuesday.

The Plain Dealer says that the judge dismissed the claim that the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission violated federal laws by imposing excessive tolls and using the money on projects not on the toll road. The judge says turnpike users still benefit from the road projects.

Last year, tolls were raised nearly three percent to help fund ten northern Ohio road projects. One of those projects is the I-80 widening underway between I-680 and Route 193.

A part of the lawsuit that claims the toll increase is an illegal tax will continue thru the court system.

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