ODOT putting the brakes on some projects as revenue is expected to drop due to stay at home order


With the stay at home order in place, many haven't been hitting the roads.

The Ohio Department of Transportation says traffic in March was down across the state about 30%. It was down about 50% in mid-April, and is slowing creeping back up to normal levels.

That's been great news for road projects.

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Forty-one projects across the state that would have only been worked on at night were done during the day as well with the decreased traffic.

There's a down side. Last July, the state legislature enacted 10 1/2 cent increase in gas tax to pay for ODOT expenditures.

But with so many fewer people driving, ODOT estimates they could see a 30-35% drop in revenue.

“We have been preparing in many different ways. We have been looking at all the projects that are planned out and looking to see what is a priority that we feel we have to do right now, that can't wait. What are some things maybe we could push off?” said ODOT Press Secretary, Matt Bruning.

ODOT has decided to hold back on one phase of the 70-71 project through downtown Columbus for a few months until they have a better idea what the budget is going to look like.

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