Carruthers Supports Historic $12.6 Billion Transportation Budget

March 2, 2023 at 11:37 a.m.

Carruthers Supports Historic $12.6 Billion Transportation Budget
The legislation was passed by the Ohio House during Wednesday’s vote
COLUMBUS, OH – State Rep. Sara Carruthers (R-Hamilton) supported House Bill 23 on Wednesday, which is the historic transportation budget legislation investing $12.6 billion into the state’s infrastructure. The legislation was passed by the Ohio House during the vote.
Carruthers played an important role during the legislative process of the bill as a member of the House Finance Committee.
“I’m proud of the efforts made to pass this really significant bill, which is going to improve our highways, routes, interstates and much more when it comes to infrastructure,” said Carruthers. “This budget is also about jobs, creating jobs and economic opportunity for our state and our communities.”
Carruthers notes approximately more than 90 percent of the cost of the Brent Spence Corridor project in Cincinnati is paid for by the federal government, most of which is not derived from Ohio gas tax dollars.
Other key components of the bill include:
• Funding $2.2 billion for pavement, $717 million for bridges, $360 million for dedicated safety upgrades, and $1.5 billion for large, capacity adding projects such as reconfiguring urban interstates.
• Creating the Rural Highway Fund, $1 billion in new money of excess GRF funds focused solely on projects that add capacity or reduce commute times to employment centers in counties that do not have a municipality over 65,000 residents.
• Providing reliable transportation routes for workers in rural parts of the state who otherwise might be forced to relocate in order to gain employment.
• Finding faster ways to connect areas of the state by funding the Strategic Transportation and Development Analysis to study links between Columbus and Sandusky and Columbus and Toledo.
• Investing $14 million to establish the Ohio Workforce Mobility Partnership Program, which allows one or more regional transit authorities (RTA) to work together to provide service for the workforce between the territories and supporting the employment needs of economically significant employment centers.
• Requiring the Public Utilities Commission (PUCO) and the Environmental Protection Agency to create and submit a report to the General Assembly within 90 days of the effective date on the transportation of hazardous materials and waste in the state.
• Mandating that an operator be notified of a wayside detector system defect. Requires DOT and PUCO to ensure the messages are sent.
• Requiring that a train must have a two-person crew related solely for safety.
• Preventing park districts being pulled into an improvement district without consent to standardize the practice used by other local government entities.
• Clarifying that the prohibition of counties and townships using traffic cameras applies only to enforcement of red light or speeding violations and not the detection and enforcement of criminal offenses.
• Allowing for the permanent registration of noncommercial trailers.
The legislation now moves to the Senate for further consideration and deliberations.
For more information, contact Rep. Carruthers’s office at (614)-644-6721 or

Submitted by State Representative's Office

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