November 23, 2014

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Gov. Kasich to sign bill today boosting Ohio speed limits

COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich plans to sign a transportation bill that boosts Ohio’s speed limit to 70 mph on rural interstate highways.

The governor is slated to ink the bill during an event Monday in Warrensville Heights, near Cleveland. He’s also expected to highlight the legislation at a later stop in Columbus.

The two-year transportation budget measure sets in motion a $1.5 billion Ohio Turnpike bond sale. It guarantees 90 percent of bond proceeds will go to northern Ohio projects. Toll rates would be capped on E-ZPass users’ car trips of 30 miles or less for 10 years.

The measure also sets the maximum speed limit for interstate freeway outerbelts in urban areas at 65 mph and on freeways in congested areas at 55 mph.