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Bruce Hull at his offices at the Ohio Department of Transportation in Columbus.
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If your summer travel plans involve traveling through Ohio and you're still a fan of paper maps, it's time you meet Bruce Hull.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is removing a few orange barrels from the roadways ahead of the holiday weekend. ODOT spokesman Matt Bruning says it's an effort to reduce congestion.

Joel Hunt, head of ODOT's Pollinator Habitat Program, stands in front of a patch of milkweed planted near MAPFRE Stadium.
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Semi-trailers zoom by on I-71 near MAPFRE Stadium as Joel Hunt points to a patch of milkweed, adored by monarch butterflies. It's flanked by Oxeye Sunflowers and Ohio Spiderworts, which share the same purpose: bringing in pollinators.

If you drive Ohio highways you may have noticed more flowers and taller grass on the side of the road.

The Ohio Department of Transportation has begun planting wildflowers along highways across the state with the goal of creating habitats for pollinators.

Each site requires $400 to get started, but ODOT press secretary Matt Bruning said the project will save Ohio taxpayers millions.

More than 9,000 bike helmets will be handed out for free this year thanks to a safety program called "Put a Lid On It" from ODOT and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Now that spring is finally here, Ohio’s road crews will be fixing potholes and pavement damaged over the winter.

Mass transit advocates in Ohio got a huge surprise in the House version of the transportation budget – funding for public transportation soared by 150% over Gov. Mike DeWine’s original proposal.  And they're hoping the Senate will go along with that too.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a Culinary Union hall Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, in Las Vegas.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss Sen. Sherrod Brown's announcement that he won't be running for president.

Political commentator Mary Anne Sharkey also joins the show to discuss the proposed gas tax hike and Gov. DeWine's State of the State address. 

The director of the Ohio Department of Transportation isn’t pleased with the decision by the House Finance Committee to cut Gov. Mike DeWine’s proposed 18 cent gas tax increase down to just under 11 cents. But he’s holding out hope, even though that plan is likely to be on the House floor Thursday.

highway in Columbus
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Just hours after Gov. Mike DeWine’s State of the State speech in which he argued for an 18 cent gas tax increase to fund road repair and maintenance, state lawmakers cut his request dramatically.

ODOT Wants To Change Speed Limits Based On Road Conditions

Feb 25, 2019
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Ohio's Department of Transportation is seeking permission to apply changes in speed limits anytime statewide.

Mike DeWine
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In his campaign for governor last year, Republican Mike DeWine accused his Democratic opponent Richard Cordray of planning to raise taxes. Now, within weeks of taking office, Gov. DeWine is proposing an 18-cent-per-gallon hike in Ohio’s gas tax to pay for road maintenance and construction.

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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss why Republican governor Mike DeWine is proposing a tax increase to fund roads and bridges.

Greg Lawson, a research fellow at the conservative-leaning Buckeye Institute, joins the show.

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Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll ask Ohio lawmakers to pass an 18-cent-per-gallon increase to the state’s gas tax to fill a looming shortfall on road repair money.

highway in Columbus
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Gov. Mike DeWine will ask to raise the state’s 28 cent-a-gallon gas tax, a recommendation that emerged from a committee he appointed. That increase would help patch a hole of more than a $1 billion in the Ohio Department of Transportation’s budget.

DeWine, however, won’t yet get specific on what he’ll ask for.