Kasich announces plan for Ohio Turnpike's future

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor is to announce a proposal to make new money from the Ohio Turnpike.

Republican John Kasich (KAY'-sik) planned several northern Ohio stops Thursday to discuss the 241-mile road and how he'll close a $1.6 billion highway funding gap through cost cutting and the sale of bonds.

Lawmakers briefed late Wednesday said the governor decided against sale or lease.

They say Kasich will pursue modest toll increases for through traffic, but freeze rates for local trips.

Many county leaders along the northern Ohio road didn't want a private company to take over, predicting higher tolls and lost jobs for turnpike workers.

The governor wants to see cash from the turnpike used to pay for construction projects around Ohio. Diverting toll revenue will require changes in state law.

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