Pandemic dims prospects for Brent Spence Bridge upgrade

BY: - May 14, 2020

WASHINGTON — The long-stalled effort to replace Brent Spence Bridge, a crucial Ohio River span that carries Interstates 71 and 75 between Cincinnati and its northern Kentucky suburbs, is likely to be further delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  For years, the obstacles preventing a new bridge from being built have been political and financial. The […]

Lotto and toll drop-offs show people are staying home

BY: - April 22, 2020

Are you feeling lucky? Even if so, you might have a tougher time finding a lottery ticket these days with some retailers closed during the pandemic-caused shutdown.  This is leading to smaller lottery payouts — just one example of the way COVID-19 has affected the government’s coffers in recent months. The Ohio Capital Journal looked […]

Ohio roads, bridges to see improvements with new gas tax money

BY: - January 9, 2020

County engineers glad for gas tax hike, but rising material costs still a concern for some Tim Schumm is already looking forward to spring.  County engineers like him also serve as amateur meteorologists. Forget baseball. Spring means it’s paving season, and the Henry County official knows the recent influx of gas tax revenue will help […]

With fatal crashes on the rise, will Ohio legislators take action?

BY: - January 7, 2020

Somewhere in Ohio, there was a crash in the past hour involving distracted driving. In all likelihood, there will be one in the next hour.  That is the reality in Ohio, where since 2014 there has been an average of one distracted driving crash every 40 minutes — about the time it takes to watch […]

Hyperloop-backed study predicts major benefits to Midwest, but skeptics have their doubts

BY: - December 30, 2019

A new Hyperloop system connecting Chicago, Cleveland and Pittsburgh would require an enormous investment, but would also have an equally large economic impact on the entire Midwest. That’s the main theme of a Hyperloop feasibility study released earlier this month. The $1.3 million study was conducted and financed jointly by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and the […]

Senators hear of need for center line rumble strips on Ohio’s highways

BY: - December 13, 2019

Having lost two sisters in separate fatal car crashes, Emily Ludwig is urging state lawmakers to act to make the state highways more safe for Ohioans. Her sisters, Amanda and Meghann, were both victims in Columbiana County crashes caused by distracted driving. In both the 2012 and 2014 crashes, another vehicle went left-of-center on an […]

Bill would set ground rules for electric scooters in Ohio

BY: - December 12, 2019

State Rep. James Hoops gave fellow legislators an offer they perhaps could not refuse. If any senators wanted to ride an electric scooter, Hoops said he knew some people who have one and would let them take a spin. These days, of course, e-scooters are as ubiquitous in Columbus and other big cities as are […]

Verhoff Proposal Rail System Map

Passenger rail system in Ohio? One ‘data nerd’ has an idea on how to make it possible.

BY: - December 5, 2019

Kevin Verhoff remembers the days when he needed public transportation the most. Living in San Francisco, he rode the bus or took the BART rail system to work. Years later, in New Jersey, he dealt with frequent car troubles but thankfully had access to a nearby train line to get to work in Newark. “It […]