today, truckers on the Ohio Turnpike have the OK to increase the speed to 65
mph, the same as all other vehicles.
the urging of Gov. Bob Taft, the Ohio Turnpike Commission voted unanimously
Aug. 23 to increase the speed limit for large trucks from 55 mph in hopes of
getting truck drivers off overloaded two-lane roads and back onto the toll
traffic began spilling over to smaller roads after an 82 percent toll increase
took effect in 1999.
trucks to the turnpike, we will reduce the truck traffic on these smaller
routes, improve safety and shrink congestion levels that often gridlock many of
our northern Ohio communities,” Taft said in a statement.
commission also approved cutting the turnpike’s share of diesel sale revenue to
enable fuel stops along the route to offer diesel up to 11 cents a gallon
cheaper than nearby stations, Lauren Dehrmann, turnpike spokeswoman, said.
cheaper diesel is expected to be available to truckers Oct. 1.
incentives for truckers are being discussed between the Ohio Turnpike
Commission and the Ohio Department of Transportation,” said Dehrmann. “They
plan to have some type of proposal drafted by the end of September that might
include a reduction in tolls or a fuel rebate.”
Keith Goble, state legislative editor