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Ohio Turnpike tolls to rise

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BEREA, Ohio - Tolls for many people driving the Ohio Turnpike will increase on Jan. 1, 2014.

Ohio Turnpike Commission Marketing and Communications Director, Lauren Hakos tells 21 News that the Infrastructure Commission on Monday approved an overall increase of 2.7 percent beginning next year.

The board also authorized $1 billion in bonds that the higher tolls would help pay for.

It would be the first of 10 annual increases to pay for big-ticket road and bridge projects in northern Ohio.

 For motorists driving across the entire length of the turnpike with E-ZPass, tolls would rise 25 cents to $11.50. After 10 years, it would $14.75.

Hakos says that people driving fewer than 30 miles on the turnpike will not see a toll increase for ten years.

Gov. John Kasich pushed for the toll-hike plan to move along big projects that have been delayed for years.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story)

 

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