COLUMBUS: Ohio officials are again adjusting anticipated delays on some major transportation projects, and this time they’re shrinking the construction calendar.
State transportation staffers had recommended that planned work on some bridge and road projects be delayed by up to 19 years, citing a lack of funds and over-commitment by previous administrations. The Columbus Dispatch reports an advisory board is expected to consider a tighter timetable next week.
Director Jerry Wray says the Ohio Department of Transportation is counting on savings from a smaller payroll and other initiatives to help fund some projects sooner. Wray says the new construction dates aren’t set yet.
Democratic state Rep. John Patrick Carney of Columbus says he’s become skeptical about the ODOT estimates as they’ve changed several times over a few months.