A highly mobile population coupled with a high volume of common carrier traffic causes significant wear and tear on Ohio roads & bridges. Regular maintenance is crucial. Over time, restoration and replacement become inevitable.
The 2013 Report Card on America’s Infrastructure is published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and provides relevant statistics about the current condition of Ohio’s roads and bridges.
The state transportation budget totals $7.6 billion and funds the Ohio Departments of Public Safety and Transportation for a two year period. In 2013 Ohio also approved a plan that allows the issuance of $1.5 billion in Ohio Turnpike bonds which will generate up to $3 billion for infrastructure projects. To put that in perspective, the Ohio Council of ASCE estimated in 2010 that it would cost $3.6 billion to replace all the structurally deficient bridges and two-thirds of the functionally obsolete bridges in Ohio. It’s clear that repairing, restoring and replacing Ohio’s infrastructure will remain an ongoing challenge.
Sources: 2013 Report Card on America’s Infrastructure and TRIP/Key Facts about Ohio’s Surface Transportation System