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Ohio DOT Director Testifies before U.S. Senate Subcommittee
Proctor outlines highway network conditions and challenges
(Washington) Ohio Department of Transportation Director Gordon Proctor today testified before the U.S. Senates Environment and Public Works Subcommittee regarding the need for Congress to address serious highway system conditions as they begin their reauthorization of the federal transportation funding legislation.
"The interstate system is a vital and irreplaceable part of our economic stability," said Governor Bob Taft. "I have been very encouraged by the support Ohios federal legislators have provided as we work to address these issues."
Proctor told sub-committee members the country faces a tremendous need to rebuild, reconstruct and rejuvenate its interstate highway system. Ohio likewise is facing troubling trends an aging infrastructure, increasing traffic volumes, and growing congestion.
"This system is stressed and sorely in need of additional investment to ensure the safety, adequacy and competitiveness of our nations transportation system. said Proctor. "High-cost bottle neck projects will dominate our transportation planning and budgeting efforts for at least the next 20 years in Ohio,"
Interstate System The interstates represent only 1.2 percent of the public road miles in the nation but carries 24 percent of the countrys traffic and an estimated 80 percent of all truck freight. In Ohio, the interstate system consists of only 7 percent of Ohios total state mileage but carries $800 billion or 83 percent of the freight traffic.
Freight Transportation Nationally, an estimated 14 billion tons of freight valued at $11 million moves in America each year. Of that 78 percent by tonnage moves by truck, 60 percent by miles traveled and 88 percent of the freight by value moves by truck. In Ohio, 74 percent of the $1.3 trillion in freight moving in the state is transported by truck.
Traffic Volumes Interstate traffic volumes have risen 41 percent in the past 10 years and truck volumes have grow at a larger rate. In Ohio, truck volumes have grown by 89 percent during the past 25 years and are expected to increase by 60 percent over the next 20 years.
Ohio Bottlenecks In Ohio, 91 segments of the states interstates are considered seriously congested. Interstate 75 in Toledo carries 19,000 trucks daily and is 43 percent over capacity. A 17-mile stretch of I-75 in Cincinnati carries 184,000 vehicles a day including 14,000 trucks. I-75 in Dayton carries 20,000 trucks per day. The Interstate 70 and Interstate 71 overlap south of downtown Columbus is 114 percent over capacity
The reauthorization of the federal transportation funding bill is expected to be finalized in October 2003. In early spring Governor Taft identified the reauthorization of the federal transportation legislation as his top federal priority