Repair Priorities: Ohio

Ohio’s road conditions

As of 2008, 62% of Ohio’s state-owned major roads were in “good” condition, meaning they were smooth and without potholes. 38% of Ohio’s roads had fallen out of good condition, meaning they will now be increasingly expensive to repair and maintain.

Ohio’s highway spending priorities

Between 2004 and 2008, Ohio spent 24% of its highway capital expenditures on road expansion – $452 million each year on average – and 36% on repair and maintenance of existing roads – $685 million. That 24% of spending on expansion added 267 lane-miles to Ohio’s road network.

Ohio would need to spend $1.1 billion annually for the next twenty years to get the current backlog of poor-condition major roads into a state of good repair and maintain all state-owned roads in good condition. Shifting more funds toward repair would go a long way toward addressing the state’s maintenance needs.

Ohio’s road condition goals

Ohio uses the Pavement Condition Rating and aims to maintain at least 90% of state-owned roads in “fair” or better condition during fiscal year 2011 to 2012.

For more information about Ohio’s pavement management program, including the source and methodology for the above information, see the appendices of Repair Priorities.

Read more about Ohio’s transportation spending

Smart Transportation Ohio: Save Money and Growth the Economy
This Smart Growth America report provides more extensive analysis of Ohio’s transportation spending priorities and recommendations for how state leaders can make the most of Ohio’s transportation funds.

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