Ohio Turnpike Commission voted unanimously Monday, Aug. 23, to increase the
speed limit for large trucks to 65 mph, the same speed as all other vehicles.
change takes effect Sept. 8.
Suhadolnik, director of the five-person Turnpike Commission, told The
Associated Press that commissioners are hopeful the decision to boost
speeds from 55 mph might get truck drivers who would otherwise take different
routes to use the toll road.
commission on Monday also approved cutting the turnpike’s share of diesel sale
revenue to enable fuel stops along the route to cut diesel costs as much as 11
cents per gallon, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported.
addition, Gordon Proctor, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation and
a turnpike board member, said the state might chip in $15 million to $20
million a year to help the turnpike reduce tolls to provide rebates for
truckers. The agency projected a 20 percent toll reduction combined with the
higher speed limit could boost truck traffic 38 percent on the turnpike.